McKinley "Bear" Williams, DL, Syracuse

  • Ht: 6’4”
  • Wt: 290 lbs.
  • Hometown: Miramar, FL
  • Born: March 25, 1998

Scouting Report: Plays with lean and leverage against the run, tough for one man to move…provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three technique…lower than offensive lineman on every short-yardage play…good agility and ability to change direction for his size…can make the impressive chest-to-chest bear hug tackle in the hole due to his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield…plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside…keeps eyes in the backfield when inside…moves linemen to either side with strong hands.


Career Overview: Interior defensive lineman … One of the most physically-gifted players on the team (can do a back handspring) … In 61 games (34 starts) over six seasons, has 122 tackles (70 solo), including 21 for a loss, 4.0 sacks and one fumble recovery … 35 multi-tackle games … Redshirted in 2019 … Three letters.

Super Senior Year (2021): Played 11 games with eight starts … Made two tackles and had a tackle for loss against Rutgers (9/11) … Made four tackles against Wake Forest (10/9) … Posted a pair of tackles at Virginia Tech (10/23) … Recorded three tackles against Boston College (10/30) … Tallied four tackles, a tackle for loss and 0.5 sacks at NC State … Made a season-high five tackles and had a tackle for loss against Pittsburgh (11/27) … Duffy Daugherty Award for the “Player’s Player and the Coach’s Coach.” 

Redshirt Senior Year (2020): Started all-11 games at nose tackle … 35 tackles (25 solo), 8.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks on the season … Eight tackles for loss led the team … Had multiple tackles in 10 of the 11 games and a tackle for loss in seven different games … Ended the season with a TFL in six-of-seven contests … Had a TFL in consecutive games vs. Georgia Tech (9/26) and Duke (10/10) … Set a new career high with five tackles against Duke (10/10) and matched it against Boston College (11/7) … Had a season-high two tackles for loss at Clemson (10/24) … Had a tackle for loss in five straight games at Clemson (10/24), Wake Forest (10/31), Boston College (11/7) and at Louisville (11/20) … Ended the year with three tackles and a TFL at Notre Dame (12/5) … Was the team’s game captain vs. Boston College.

Senior Year (2019): Played in three games at defensive tackle, carding eight tackles (four solo) and half a sack … Missed the first nine games of the season due to a foot injury suffered in preseason camp … Made his 2019 debut at Duke (11/16) and had a season-high three tackles, including a half sack … Tallied three stops the next week at Louisville (11/23) … Had two tackles against Wake Forest (11/30). 

Junior Year (2018): Appeared in 12 games, starting nine … Recorded 17 tackles (nine solo), including three for a loss, and recovered a fumble … Collected multiple tackles in five contests … Tallied two tackles in the season opener at Western Michigan (8/31) … Posted a season-high three tackles, including a personal-best two for a loss, in the home opener the next week against Wagner (9/8) … Equaled his season best with three tackles at Clemson (9/29) … Recorded two tackles in Syracuse’s double-overtime win against North Carolina (10/20) … At Wake Forest (11/3), credited with one tackle and recovered the first fumble of his career, returning it seven yards … Tied his season high with three tackles, including half a tackle for loss, against Notre Dame (11/17).

Sophomore Year (2017): Played in all 12 games … Made five starts at nose tackle in a rotation with Kayton Samuels … Registered 25 tackles (15 solo), including four for a loss … Multiple tackles in seven games … Against Middle Tennessee (9/9), carded two tackles, including 1.5 for a loss … Three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, versus Central Michigan (9/16) … Logged a career-high four tackles in consecutive games at Florida State (11/4) and versus Wake Forest (11/11) … Three tackles in the season finale against Boston College (11/25).

Freshman Year (2016): Played in all 12 games (one start) … Had 14 tackles (eight solo), 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack … Four multiple-tackle games … Against Colgate (9/2), made his collegiate debut and notched one tackle … Recorded his first career sack versus Louisville (9/9) … Season-high three tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, at Clemson (11/5). 

High School: Coached by Lorenzo Davis … Named to the 2015 Miami Herald All-Broward County Second Team … As a senior captain, recorded 25 tackles, 14 sacks and one touchdown … Four-year member of the Dillard wrestling team … Posted a 37-8 record in his last two seasons, including a 20-5 mark as a senior.

Personal: McKinley Williams III … Nickname is “Bear” or “Grizzly” … Born on March 25, 1998 … Son of Marjorie Williams and McKinley Williams II … One brother, three sisters … Human development and family science major.