Williams earns tryout with Falcons

By Ted Ward, @TedWard_DE

One more former SIU football player is getting an opportunity to play in the pros.

Former Saluki outside linebacker Brandon Williams received a tryout at minicamp with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL, which will start May 6. 

Williams played all 11 games last season, leading the Salukis with 4.5 sacks and returning a punt for a touchdown. He finished his career with 9.5 career sacks, 45 solo tackles and 18 tackles for loss.


He will join former Saluki tight end Adam Fuehne in the NFL, who signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent earlier Saturday.

The Falcons are coming off an 8-8 season under first-year coach Dan Quinn after two straight losing seasons. 

Williams main source of competition if he makes the roster will come in the forms of Philip Wheeler and former Missouri football standout Sean Weatherspoon. 

Ted Ward can be reached at [email protected] or 618-534-3303