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Tim Williams To Return To Alabama For Senior Season

Williams graded out as a late-first/early-second round pick, but has more to prove.

Tim's got to feed!
Tim's got to feed!
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This is fantastic news, folks.

With Alabama losing a bevy of talent across the line and on the outside, situational pass rush master Tim Williams was feared to leave Alabama.

Last year Williams saw little time, but had flashes of brilliance. This season, after gaining some weight, he was used as a situational pass rusher nearly every series and he was superb.

One year's production was enough for the NFL, who graded him out 1st/2nd round material. Still, that wasn't enough for Williams,

Alabama standout pass rusher Tim Williams returning for senior season |

He said on Saturday that he got a late first-to-early second round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee, though Williams said coach Nick Saban and others had been telling him, among other things, how much it would benefit him draft-wise to return to school and prove that he can be a productive every-down player. "If I do come back, that would be my main focus, to show them that I can play the run," Williams said on Saturday. "That's my main motivation behind coming back if I come back."

Having now confirmed that he wants to be that every-down player next year, Tide fans (and coaches) can breathe a sigh of relief.

Roll Tide!