Season opener at Memorial Stadium scheduled for Sept. 1 vs. Nevada.
CAL CAREER: Has switched to No. 72 after being No. 74 for the first season of his Cal career in 2011.
2011: Redshirted ... did not play ... listed as the No. 48 incoming junior college player prior to the season according to Phil Steele ... enrolled at Cal in January of 2011 and participated in spring practice.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE: Listed as the nation's No. 13 junior college prospect by Rivals, while SuperPrep had him as the country's No. 37 JC player ... a four-star recruit according to Rivals, while he picked up three stars from Scout ... a two-year starter on the offensive line in 2009 and 2010, and a second-team All-Midwest Football Conference selection as a 2010 sophomore.
PROCTOR ACADEMY: Played wide receiver/cornerback in his first football campaign ever as a junior in 2007 at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H., as a 195-pounder before he was converted to a tight end/defensive end ... earned an All-Evergreen League selection as a tight end to help lead his prep squad to a New England Championship Game victory in his 2008 senior campaign ... did not play any offensive line in high school ... also played basketball and soccer at Proctor, serving as team captain of the hoops squad as a senior and leading the soccer team in goals scored during his sophomore campaign.
PERSONAL: Full name is Matthew Robert George Williams ... born May 8, 1989 ... parents are Bernie Williams and Sarah Quigley ... Cal's only current player to have been born outside the United States ... originally from Liverpool, England, and played rugby in his home country before coming to the United States at the age of 15 ... also played basketball in England for the country's under-16 team and participated in soccer for 13 years ... major is social welfare.
LAST UPDATED: July 26, 2012