Trevor Williams enjoyed quite a rookie season for the Chargers, ascending from undrafted free agent to the practice squad to the active roster just five games into the season. And by the time it was all said and done, Williams would play in 12 games and make five starts.
A two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten choice at Penn State, Williams finished his rookie season in San Diego with 29 tackles and five passes defensed.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers, May 10, 2016...waived Sept. 3...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 4...signed to active roster, Oct. 7.
2017: Played in all 16 games with 15 starts...Totaled 55 tackles (47 solo), including two tackles for loss...Registered two INTs, including the first of his career, 13 passes defensed and two tackles on special teams…Member of a defensive backfield that allowed just one 100-yard receiver in 2017, joining Arizona, Jacksonville and Minnesota as the only teams to do so…Part of the only secondary to not allow more than 245 gross passing yards in a game during the first seven weeks of the season...at Denver (Sept. 11): Appeared on 40 snaps on defense and 20 on special teams...Posted two tackles (one solo)...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Made his first start of the season at RCB in place of an injured CB Jason Verrett, registering five tackles (three solo), including a tackle for loss...Appeared on all 68 defensive plays, one of four Los Angeles defenders to do so...Broke up a pair of passes from QB Jay Cutler...Posted the first pass defensed on a deep ball down the left sideline intended for WR DeVante Parker...Broke up his second pass by knocking away a first-and-goal pass to Parker in the end zone...Contributed on 18 plays on special teams and posted a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage, forcing the Dolphins to start from inside their own 20...vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Started his second-consecutive game at RCB, playing all 53 defensive plays and 12 on special teams...Registered four tackles (two solo)...vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Started at RCB, totaling seven solo tackles and a pass defensed...Broke up a third down pass intended for WR Torrey Smith in the end zone, forcing a Philadelphia field goal...Appeared on 77 plays on defense and 10 on special teams…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Started at RCB and appeared on all 70 defensive plays, joining CB Casey Hayward, S Jahleel Addae and S Tre Boston as the only Los Angeles defenders to do so…Registered three solo tackles and a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage that forced the Giants to begin the drive inside their own 20…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Started at RCB, seeing action on 58 defensive snaps and four on special teams…Registered the first INT of his career while covering WR Michael Crabtree, returning it 21 yards…Finished with a solo tackle, the INT and three passes defensed…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Started at RCB, appearing on all 64 plays on defense…Posted four solo tackles…at New England (Oct. 29): Appeared in the 20th game of his career, starting at RCB and seeing action on 85 defensive snaps and four on special teams…Set a career high with eight solo tackles and added a pass defensed…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Started at RCB, finishing with three tackles (two solo) on 80 defensive plays…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Posted three solo tackles, including a tackle for loss, an INT and three passes defensed…Intercepted QB Nathan Peterman on an overthrow along the left sideline due to pressure applied from DE Joey Bosa…Contributed on a team-high 62 defensive plays and three on special teams…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Started at RCB, seeing time on 51 defensive snaps…Posted four tackles (three solo) in the 15th start of his career…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Played all 63 defensive snaps after starting at RCB…Registered two passes defensed and a solo tackle…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Broke up a pass from QB Kirk Cousins when attempting to catch it for an interception, deflecting it into the arms of OLB Kyle Emanuel for a pick…Posted three solo tackles and the pass defensed after starting at RCB…Was one of two Los Angeles defenders to play all 50 defensive snaps…Appeared on a special teams play…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Started at RCB, playing all 66 snaps on defense…Posted two tackles (one solo)…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Finished with two solo tackles on 65 defensive snaps after opening the game at RCB…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Appeared on all 54 defensive plays, starting at RCB…Registered three solo tackles.
2016: Combined with Darrell Stuckey to down punt at three early in fourth quarter Oct. 13 vs. Denver...on very next play, Caraun Reid drew hold in end zone for safety and 21-3 lead...late fourth quarter Nov. 13 vs. Miami, pass defensed in end zone on 3rd-and-goal from 9 prevented go-ahead TD and forced tying field goal try...fumble recovery and fourth-quarter pass defensed with near interception in 21-13 win at Houston Nov. 27.
COLLEGE: Two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten as junior and senior...team’s Ridge Riley Memorial Award as senior...played in 49 career games with 31 starts...Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of Week after two interceptions in 13-10 win over Rutgers in 2014...played cornerback from 2013-15, totaling 84 tackles, 30 passes defensed and four interceptions...played wide receiver in 2012 and caught 10 passes for 97 yards...first-career interception with 1:56 left in fourth quarter helped seal 23-17 win over Syracuse in 2013 season-opener at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey...played at Penn State from 2012-15...recreation, parks and tourism management degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Baltimore, Md. ...first-team all-state and second-team All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) as senior at Calvert Hall College High in Baltimore...helped Cardinals to first MIAA championship since 1982...two-year team captain...all-metro and All-MIAA as junior...invited to play in Maryland Crab Bowl and Chesapeake Bowl all-star contests after senior season.