A veteran player who has petitioned for a sixth year of eligibility after initially retiring in summer of '98 due to knee problems ... believed his career was over until this past spring when he went snowboarding and felt no discomfort in his knee ... then began lifting and conditioning, pushed his weight up from 265 to 300 pounds, and made the decision to seek eligibility for a final season of football ... has superior intelligence and could play a pivotal role on a Cal offensive line that lacks depth and experience ... will certainly contend for starting duties at the right guard position...is an accomplished art student who has organized several exhibitions both on campus and in his home state of Washington.
1998: was expected to be one of Cal's top offensive linemen until chonic knee pain caused him to retire from the sport in the summer of '98.
1997: was developing into a key player at right guard for the Bears until his knee started acting up during midseason...sat out a few games (Washington, Washington State) and tried to come back late in the year... however, his performance was not up to his standard and he decided to have his knee scoped and sat out the Arizona and Stanford contests...ended up starting seven games overall... earned first team Pac-10 All-Academic honors and was the recipient of the team's Andrew Latham Smith Scholarship for academic excellence.
1996: saw solid late-season action at a guard position when the Bears suffered some injuries along the line... played nearly half the game at left guard at Oregon (33 plays), grading out at 85 percent in the coaches' film evaluations...also played extensively against Arizona (50 snaps) and graded out at 91 percent.
1995: saw double duty at right tackle and right guard as a back-up to Todd Stewart and Jeremy Newberry ... showed versatility with starting duties at both guard positions, stepping in to the starting lineup when Newberry was injured in midseason.
1994: delayed his enrollment at Cal until the spring semester of 1994 and redshirted the following fall after undergoing shoulder surgery.
High School/Personal: Enjoyed an impressive prep career at Curtis HS in Tacoma ... named the state of Washington's prep Lineman of the Year as a senior in '92 ... earned SuperPrep All-America honors, rating as the No. 18 offensive line prospect in the country ... garnered first team BlueChip Illustrated All-America honors ... earned first team all-state honors in every poll published ... considered Stanford, Washington, USC and Arizona State before choosing Cal ... earned a degree in art from Cal in the spring of '98 and now is in his second year in the school's master's program in art ... made headlines in spring of 1996 by organizing an exhibition at the campus art museum called "Open Sesame" that featured his and other campus notables ... works on the Sesame Street characters...was the lone winner among 178 applicants picked by the Tacoma Arts Commission to have a month-long solo art exhibit in May 1998 ... won the Eisner Award in spring of '99, the highest ahievement on campus in creative arts...plays the bass guitarÉparents are Rex and Frances Williams...born June 26, 1974 in Tacoma, WA.
The Yauger Williams File
- After being selected from 178 applicants by the Tacoma Arts Commission, produced a solo art exhibit in May 1998.
- Currently enrolled in the second year of the Cal master's program in art after graduating in 1998 with a 3.7 GPA.