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NFL shows interest in SVSU defensive tackle

SVSU senior defensive tackle Heath Williams boasts an impressive collegiate career. He ended the 2018 season ranked first in his position in the GLIAC with 13 sacks and 19 tackles-for-loss and a first team D2 All-American.

To add to the list as Williams opens his final season for the Cardinals, he is drawing interest from the NFL.

Several teams reached out to Isiah Dunning, Saginaw Valley’s defensive line coach, over the summer about Williams.

Williams played in high school for East Lansing and had earned all-state honors by the time the recruiting process was in full-swing but went unnoticed by powerhouse universities such as Michigan State and Michigan.

Other D1 programs also brushed off his highschool stardom and did not express interest in having Williams join their program. Even other D2 schools were quiet.

SVSU recognized Williams’ potential immediately.

“While I did originally aim for a D1 program, I’ve always been very happy with my decision to come here,” he said. “I only had one offer out of high school, and that was from Saginaw
Valley.”

Williams worked on improving his skills in several areas to make him the player he is now. Pass rushing, using his strength to his advantage and building on that strength have been main focuses since his arrival at SVSU.

“Ultimately, everyone’s dream is to play at the highest level,” Williams said. “It’s something I’ve always strived for.”

Rather than getting caught up in the excitement, Williams remains level-headed.

“It feels good, and it’s definitely something to work towards. I can’t get too worried about it,” he said. “I have to keep working to get there.”

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