MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2003
Football's Jimmy Willman, Charlton Williams & Matt Meyer Earn Preseason All-America Honors
Aug. 18, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU free safety Charlton Williams (Lynn Haven, Fla.) has been tabbed a Second-Team I-AA Mid-Major Preseason All-American by College Sporting News, while senior tight end Jimmy Willman (Ocala, Fla.) and senior offensive tackle Matt Meyer (High Springs, Fla.) have been selected as Honorable Mention Preseason I-AA Mid-Major All-Americans by Don Hansen's Football Gazette. In addition, sophomore running back Chad Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.) was tabbed Second-Team Preseason All-Pioneer Football League by I-AA.Org. Williams was also selected Preseason First-Team All-PFL.
Williams, who is the Dolphins' lone returning starter in the defensive backfield, posted a team-best 69 tackles (47 solo) last season en route to Honorable Mention All-PFL honors. The 5-foot-9 free safety ranked second in the PFL with 5.22 solo stops per game and posted at least seven tackles in seven of the nine games he played. Williams also ranked second in the league with 1.22 pass breakups per contest and picked off a team-best three passes during his breakout junior season.
Willman's junior season was interrupted by injury, but the 6-foot-4 tight end still caught six passes for 33 yards and two touchdowns in the six-plus games he played. Meyer, meanwhile, has started 21 consecutive games at offensive tackle for the Dolphins and was a key in JU's record-setting rushing season (1,998 yards) in 2001. He also protected freshman quarterback Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.) last year, when the Dolphins threw for a school-record 2,050 yards.
Davis returns after a breakout redshirt-freshman season when he earned Honorable Mention All-PFL honors after ranking sixth in the league with 116.4 all-purpose yards per game, while scoring a team-best seven touchdowns. The 5-foot-6 running back ran for 452 yards and five scores in just eight games, while also hauling in 17 receptions for 178 yards out of the backfield. Davis recorded a team-best 931 all-purpose yards, including 301 kickoff return yards in his final four games.
The Dolphins continue to prepare for their season opener on Sept. 6 at Lenoir-Rhyne at 1 p.m. JU's first scrimmage will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Milne practice field.