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Pro football: Tech’s Williams goes to Philadelphia in third round of NFL Draft


By Ashley Springer, Louisiana Tech Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Surrounded by family and friends, Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Milton Williams saw his dream come true Friday night as he was selected as the 73rd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Williams became the 81st Bulldog selected in the NFL Draft in program history and was the highest LA Tech selection since Vernon Butler was the 30th overall pick in 2016.

Williams, a 6-3, 285-pound defensive lineman, earned 2020 First Team All-C-USA honors by both the conference and Phil Steele, and was named a third team All-American by Pro Football Focus.

In the 2020 season, the native of Crowley, Texas, ranked third in C-USA in tackles for loss with 10.0 and seventh in sacks with 4.5. Williams was fifth on the team in tackles with 44, including 21 solo.

He had a season-high eight tackles and a career-high 3.0 TFLs against UAB on Oct. 31. Williams registered at least three tackles in every game of the 2020 campaign. 

He also posted two quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery during the season.

During his LA Tech career, Williams registered 106 total tackles, including 49 solo, 19.0 for loss and 10.0 sacks. Of his 10.0 career sacks, nine were solo.

The NFL Draft continues Saturday at 11 a.m. with the final four rounds (4-7). The draft will be broadcast live on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network.

Season tickets for the 2021 Louisiana Tech football season are on sale now. Fans can purchase season tickets online at LATechSports.com/tickets or by calling the LA Tech Ticket Office at (318) 257-3631.

— Featured photo by Tom Morris

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