Feb. 17, 2009
Senior Linebacker Worrell Williams has been selected by the Sacramento Grid club to receive the 2008 Tiny Bates Award on February 24th. The award is given annually to the top senior on the California football team who resides in the Sacramento Valley. The accolade is named in honor of Henry "Tiny Bates", who was one of the co-founders of the club and a right end on the team in 1916 and 1917 under former head Coach Andy Smith. The award was established in 1968 in honor of Mr. Bates in his memory after his passing.
Williams had an outstanding year for the Golden Bears. A starter a middle linebacker in 2008, Williams accrued 64 tackles, a sack and an interception in his senior campaign. During his junior year, his 105 tackles were good for second on the team and eighth in the Pac-10. His 246 career tackles rank him 11th on Cal's all-time list.
"We are very proud of this award and to honor Worrell Williams with it," note Bob Bates, Henry "Tiny" son, "We are proud to have the award carry on a long-lasting tradition from someone who spent his whole life loving Cal."