May 24, 2024

Dee Williams has decided to transition to the professional level after the expiration of his college eligibility. On Wednesday night, he bid farewell to Tennessee, concluding his collegiate career and shifting his focus towards the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Williams, who joined Tennessee from the JUCO (Junior College) ranks in preparation for the 2022 season, was ineligible for an additional year due to his participation in JUCO ball during the COVID-19 affected 2020 season.

While he faced challenges in establishing himself in the defensive secondary, Williams left a significant impact on special teams as a returner. The 5-11, 194-pound athlete even earned some playing time on the offensive side during the recent season.

During the 2023 season, Williams maintained an impressive average of nearly 15 yards per return, ranking sixth nationally. He notably influenced the field position in the season opener against Virginia and played a pivotal role in securing a victory for the Volunteers with a game-changing punt return touchdown in the second half. Unfortunately, a punt return touchdown against South Carolina was nullified due to a penalty.

Williams is anticipated to find a role on special teams at the professional level, where he will have the opportunity to showcase his return skills during camp and the preseason. The outcome will determine whether he secures a spot on a roster in the future.

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