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Williams wants to end UGA career with bowl win



It doesn't seem that long ago when then Early County High School safety Shawn Williams signed his college scholarship to play football at the University of Georgia.

In fact it was February 4, 2009 when Williams signed at his high school media center.

In one week, Shawn Williams will play his final game for the Bulldogs against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

"I remember being a freshman and sitting in the back in the meeting room. Now you look up and I am sitting on the front row. Two weeks and I am done," said Shawn Williams.

During the bowl practices in Athens this month, Shawn says he has been reflecting on the many friends he has met during his Georgia playing days.

Williams also remembers before his sophomore season when the family home in Damascus was destroyed by fire.

Most of his football trophies and other souvenirs were lost in the fire.

The Williams family has rebuilt and Shawn is glad they have been able to watch him play every Saturday.

"It means a lot because I know they are looking out there. Supporting me with everything that they are. Everything that they have. It is just something special," said Williams.

Shawn's family has had plenty to cheer about over the last two-plus seasons when he was the Bulldogs starting strong safety.

The former Early County Bobcat counts an interception last season against Georgia Tech as one of his most memorable plays.

But Shawn will forever be remembered for calling out specific defensive teammates before the annual showdown against a then undefeated Florida team in October.

Williams words provided the motivation for a second straight Bulldog win over the Gators and a second straight SEC eastern division title.

Head coach Mark Richt has said Williams comments were a turning point to the Georgia season.
In his first interview since the Florida game, Williams says he still stands by his words.

"It was a rough week and some feelings got hurt. In the end it was a good thing that came out of it you know. We just went down there and played our hearts out. Just fought like I have never seen us fight before," said Williams.

Shawn Williams could have been playing in the NFL this season.

He was one of many Georgia underclassmen who came back to try to win an SEC and national championship.

Even though the Bulldogs came one play short of playing in Miami, Williams is proud of what his senior class has accomplished for the Bulldog program.

"Those guys stepped up and took a huge part in the leadership from the upperclassmen. Pushed this football season to where it should have been," said Williams.

Shawn Williams will likely be playing in the NFL next season.

His first chance to show his talents to NFL general managers and coaches will come next month at the Senior Bowl.

"I guess I am just looking for a shot to showcase my talent," said Williams.

But before the Senior Bowl, Shawn Williams is focusing on winning his final college game next week against Nebraska.

The Capital One Bowl will air on WALB ABC at 1:00 p.m. on New Year's Day.


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