USF outside linebacker Jacquian Williams was chosen by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft going 202nd overall. Williams joins former Bull Jason Pierre-Paul, who was selected with the 15th overall pick last year by New York.
“I love the game of football and I’m blessed beyond all measures to have the chance to play in the NFL,” said Williams. “I felt like I did everything I could to put myself in this position, so seeing all that hard work payoff is great. I think my best football is ahead of me and I’m going to continue to work as hard as I can to make my family and the Giants organization proud.”
In his first season as a starter in 2010, Williams was voted a team captain and earned second-team All-BIG EAST honors after leading the team with 71 tackles and in tackles for a loss with 11 to go along with 2.5 sacks, an INT and three pass break-ups last season. Williams earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after posted career highs in tackles (11) and sacks (1.5) to go along with 2.5 TFL against Rutgers. His game picked up as the season went on, recording 41 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, an INT and a PBU over the final six games of the regular season.
Williams played in 26 games and starting 14 during his two-year career as a Bull, registering 99 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 12 TFL, an INT and three PBU.
"This is a great pick for that organization," said USF defensive coordinator Mark Snyder. "Coach Coughlin demands a lot, as does coach Holtz, and Jacquian was able to meet those demands for our program and will do so for the Giants. He's unbelievably athletic and can really run. He'll also have Jason Pierre-Paul there to help the transition, so it will be a good situation for him."
Williams becomes the fourth Bulls' linebacker to be selected in the NFL Draft, joining Tyrone McKenzie, who was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of 2009 and is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Stephen Nicholas, who was chosen in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons in 2007, and Kawika Mitchell, who was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2003.
The Bulls now have eight NFL Draft pick over the last two years, the most of any team in the BIG EAST.