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Ole Miss DL Sam Williams Earns Invite to NFL Combine

Ole Miss DL Sam Williams Earns Invite to NFL Combine

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss defensive lineman Sam Williams had an outstanding season this year, so it comes as no surprise that he has been invited to the NFL Combine, according to his facebook post Friday afternoon. 

The Montgomery, Alabama native will show off his skills at Lucas Oil Stadium with more than 300 of the nation’s top draft prospects. The Combine begins February 28 and the defensive linemen portion runs from March 2-5. 

Sam and the other collegiate athletes will go through medical and physical testing, along with interviews, designed to help NFL teams evaluate potential picks ahead of the draft.

Sam’s Super Season

Sam finished 2021 with a school record 12.5 sacks on the season, which ranks fourth in the FBS, and his 56 total tackles are the most by a Rebel defensive lineman since 2018.

He also led Ole Miss in both tackles for loss (16.0) and forced fumbles (4).

Williams ranks third in the Ole Miss career record book (modern day) with 22.5 total career sacks, behind only Marquise Haynes and Greg Hardy.

In the Rebels’ Sugar Bowl game against Baylor, Williams notched 1.0 TFL that moved him to fifth all-time at Ole Miss with 33.5 career tackles for loss.

Williams anchored an Ole Miss defense that in 2021 averaged giving up just 24.69 points, down from 38 points per game in 2020. The Rebels held five opponents to fewer than 20 points this season.

For his outstanding performance this season, Williams was named to the Associated Press, Walter Camp, Sporting News, and Phil Steele All-American teams.

Congrats to Sam on his NFL Combine invitation! We will bring you all Sam’s results from the Combine.

(Feature image credit: Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics)

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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