Utah State’s DJ Williams was named to ESPN’s All-Bowl Team following the Aggies’ 52-13 win against North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl, it was announced Thursday.
Williams, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior cornerback from Smyrna, Tennessee (Smyrna HS/Independence CC), intercepted two passes against North Texas, returning one 31 yards. Williams was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the New Mexico Bowl and tied the USU bowl game record with his two interceptions.
As a junior, Williams earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as he led the team and ranked third in the conference and 30th in the nation with 15 passes defended. He also tied for the team lead with four interceptions, which ranked tied for first in the MW and tied for 16th in the nation. Williams recorded 40 tackles during the season, which included 1.0 sack and 3.0 tackles for loss, to go along with one forced fumble.Comment on this story
During the 2018 campaign, Williams recorded a season-high six tackles against New Mexico State, Air Force and Wyoming. He also had a season-high three pass breakups at Colorado State and added two pass breakups in back-to-back games against Air Force and BYU. Overall, Williams had at least one pass defended in eight games during the season.
Utah State concluded the 2018 season with an 11-2 record, tying the 2012 team for the most wins and best overall record. USU, which tied for first place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 7-1 record, finished the season ranked 21st in the Amway Coaches poll and 22nd in the Associated Press poll, marking just the fourth time in school history that USU has finished a season nationally ranked.