Brandon Williams named BSN National Defensive Player of the Year

Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern senior defensive tackle Brandon Williams has been named the Division II National Defensive Player of the Year by Beyond Sports Network, the organization announced today. 

Williams, 6-3/325, was recently named the Central Region Defensive Player of the Year by the sports information directors and was named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year this year, while also being the only player on defense to be a unanimous selection. 

Williams became the all-time sacks leader for the school and finished with 27 in his career at Missouri Southern. He had at least a half sack in all but three games this year and had a tackle for a loss in all but one game this year. He finished the season second on the team with 68 tackles, 31 solo, including 16.5 for a loss of 58 yards. He had 8.5 sacks for a loss of 39 yards, two pass break ups, eight quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and one safety on the season and finished third in the MIAA in sacks and tackles for a loss, while ranking second in forced fumbles. 

In 2010, he was named an All-American by three different organizations, after leading the team with nine sacks and 17 TFL, while last year, he was a unanimous All-MIAA selection, as well as being named to multiple All-Region and All-American teams A preseason All-American this season, Williams is listed as one of the top Division II NFL Draft prospects by multiple organizations and has been named to the Senior Bowl watch list.

Williams has been a multiple All-American pick over his four years at Southern and looks to be the highest-drafted player to come out of MSSU. 

2012 BSN D2 All America Team    
Offensive Player of the Year:  QB Zach Zulli - Shippensburg  
Defensive Player of the Year:  DT Brandon Williams - Missouri Southern
Special Teams Player of the Year: KR Tyron Laughinghouse - Saint Augustine's
1st Team    
Position Name  School Class
QB Zach Zulli Shippensburg JR
QB Kevin Rogers Henderson State SO
RB Franklyn Quiteh Bloomsburg JR
RB Michael Hill Missouri Western SR
RB Rayon Simmons Winona State SR
FB Romo Westbrook Harding SO
WR Charles Johnson Grand Valley State SR
WR Mar'Quone Edmonds Indianapolis SR
WR Isaiah Voegeli Merrimack SR
WR Chris Bowden Wingate SR
TE David Pawelek Colorado Mines SR
TE Brian Leonhardt Bemidji State SR
OT Brett Frydendahl Humboldt State SR
OG Tim Lelito Grand Valley State SR
OC Eric Kush California (Pa) SR
OG Ken Van Heule Midwestern State SR
OT Ryan Schraeder Valdosta State SR
DE Ethan Westbrooks West Texas A&M JR
DT Zach Moore Concordia St. Paul JR
DT Brandon Williams Missouri Southern SR
DE Brad Davis Elizabeth City State SR
LB Jordan Campbell NM Highlands SR
LB Jake Lilly* Concord JR
LB Darius Wilson Central State SR
LB Kevin Lindholm Chadron State SR
CB Abdul Kanneh NM Highlands SR
CB Jack Moro St. Cloud State JR
CB Riyad Richardson Concord JR
S Brian Gamble Ashland JR
S Rontez Miles California SR
PK Curt Duncan Carson Newman JR
PK Segio Castillo West Texas A&M JR
P Taylor Accardi* Colorado Mines SR
KR Tyrone Laughinghouse Saint Augustine SR
PR D.J. Baiza McMurry SR
LS Skylar West Tusculum SR