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Who is Jonah Williams? Weber State defender an All-American, NFL-caliber edge rusher

Weber State sophomore Jonah Williams takes his position on the defensive line. Williams is one of more than 100 returned Mormon missionaries playing college football at the FCS level, Division II or Division III.
Weber State’s Jonah Williams takes his position on the defensive line. Williams is hoping to hear his name called during the 2020 NFL draft.
Robert Casey, Weber State

OGDEN — Jonah Williams is one of the best defensive players in the history of Weber State football.

A native of Meridian, Idaho, Williams committed to Weber State in 2013 after the Wildcats offered him a scholarship. After serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Williams played four seasons in Ogden and etched his name in the program record book.

In 54 career games played, Williams recorded 194 total tackles, 15 sacks — the ninth-most in school history — and 28 career tackles for loss. He also had three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and three career blocked kicks.

As a senior in 2019, Williams racked up 62 tackles, 7½ sacks and 11 tackles for loss, along with five quarterback hurries. He earned All-America honors and was named the Big Sky Defensive MVP, just the fifth Wildcat in school history to win the award. He was also part of the winningest senior class in program history, a group that won three Big Sky titles and made four playoff appearances.

Areas of concerns for Williams are somewhat athleticism-centered, specifically his flexibility, though most of his measurements are enviable.

According to Dave Stroshine, founder and director of Stroformance, Williams is 6-5, 280 pounds with a “six-pack (physique).” He ran a 4.65 and 4.67 with a 35-inch vertical jump, and he also put up 30 reps on 225.

“He’s a guy that going in people were saying is a draftable guy, but he had the lack of visibility in a pro day, so we’ve done a lot of video stuff to go with his game film and scouts can see a series of situations with his movement,” Stroshine told the Deseret News. “His shuttle was in the 4.2s, three cones in the 6.8s, just phenomenal for a dude that big. It will be interesting to see what happens.”