Williams transferring to North Alabama

Published 6:18 pm Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Former Bearcat Nick Williams has announced he is transferring from the University of Georgia to the University of North Alabama in Florence, Ala., to play his final collegiate season.

Williams, who was an All-Region quarterback and defensive back for Bainbridge High School, told The Post-Searchlight of his decision during James Butler Dream Foundation Camp at Centennial Field.

“They told me I would have an opportunity to start at safety for North Alabama next season,” Williams said. “I plan to go up there and work hard.”

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The North Alabama Lions are coached by former Auburn University Tigers head coach Terry Bowden, one of Bobby Bowden’s sons.

After appearing in 12 games at linebacker and recording nine tackles as a sophomore under Coach Mark Richt at Georgia, new UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham switched Williams permanently to safety last season.

Williams, who stands 6 feet, 2-inches and weighs 219 pounds, was an honorable mention All-State selection by both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association as a senior under former BHS Head Coach Ricky Woods in 2007.

As a Bearcats quarterback, he passed for 2,428 and 23 touchdowns in four seasons. He completed 82 of 174 passes for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2007 season. He threw for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.