ALLENTOWN, Pa. – After spending one season as a member of the Jacksonville University football team, defensive lineman Mike Williams is continuing his career in the professional ranks. The defensive tackle, who transferred to the River City from Villanova, signed with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League this offseason.
"Mike did a phenomenal job helping us out on the defensive line, and a real solid senior season overall," Head Coach Ian Shields said. "He has the ability to make an impact on both sides of the line. We're very excited for him to continue his career."
The 6-5, 330-pounder started all 11 games of the 2017 season as a member of the team's front four on defense, collecting 24 tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss and a pair of sacks during that time. In three seasons while a member of the Wildcats, he saw action in 17 games, making six tackles and a pass breakup.
Williams joins the Steelhawks in their second year of play in the National Arena League, which was formed as an arena expansion league in 2017. The six-team association, which features squads in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maine, begins play on Friday, April 13.
Williams joins eight other former Dolphins who are currently on a professional roster, including three who reside in the NAL.