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Former Tech star Tramon Williams picking NFL apart

September 20, 2012

Since the start of the 2010 season (including the playoffs), former Louisiana Tech walk-on Tramon Williams, a 29-year-old Houma native, has recorded an NFL-high 15 interceptions. That’s more than future Hall of Famers Ed Reed (14), and Charles Woodson (10), players many consider to be among the best in the history of the game. / AP

Tramon Williams made Jay Cutler’s life a nightmare last week in front of a national television audience. With two interceptions, Williams led the Green Bay Packers’ 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.

Cutler isn’t the former Louisiana Tech cornerback’s first victim, nor will he be the last.
Since the start of the 2010 season, including the playoffs, Williams, a 29-year-old Houma native, has an NFL-high 15 interceptions. That’s more than future Hall of Famers Ed Reed (14), and Charles Woodson (10).

Not bad for a kid who spent his freshman season watching Bulldogs football games from the stands at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston.

Williams, the lone walk-on from a pool of 30 to survive at Louisiana Tech’s 2002 spring camp under then-head coach Jack Bicknell, led the NFL with nine interceptions (six in regular season; three in playoffs) during the Packers’ run to the 2010 championship.

Despite the belief an injured right shoulder may have hampered the 5-foot-11, 191-pounder in Green Bay last season, Williams still recorded career-highs in tackles (64) and passes defended (22) and added four interceptions.

Thanks to the improvement in his shoulder, Williams said he’s in “attack” mode in 2012, something displayed in the Bears game.

“I wasn’t able to press (receivers) as much (in 2011) as I did in the past,” said Williams, a sixth-year cornerback. “Now I can play tighter coverage.”

Williams helped the Packers eliminate superstar wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Bears’ arsenal and forced Cutler into throwing four passes to fellas dressed in dark green and gold.

“I’m always satisfied with interceptions,” said Williams, a four-year letterman at Assumption High School in Napoleonville, where he was teammates with current San Francisco running back Brandon Jacobs. “When the wins come with them, it makes it that much better.

“It’s tough to shut down a guy like (Marshall). It was a total defensive effort.”

Considering the pressure the Packers’ defensive line was able to create, Williams said Green Bay’s secondary, which includes Woodson, was left with one task.

“We were just out there to get the ball,” Williams said.

Williams has posted 19 interceptions since his marriage to former Lady Techster Shan Moore of Minden in 2009. The couple has a 1-year-old son, Tramon Jr., and just welcomed daughter, Trinity, in March.

Williams is confident his interception total, and the number of Packers’ victories, will continue to rise at a stiff pace.

“This year, there are no limitations,” he said.

via: shreveporttimes.com | Roy Lang III

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