January 31, 2020

REDBLACKS, Avery Williams agree to extension

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OTTAWA — The Ottawa REDBLACKS have signed linebacker Avery Williams to a one-year contract extension, the club announced on Friday.

Since his debut in the capital in 2018, Williams has been a key piece of the REDBLACKS’ defence. While only dressing for 11 games last season due to injuries, he still managed to record 69 defensive tackles. In 2019, he had his best game during CFL Week 10 against the Ticats, recording 12 tackles.

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“Avery is the type of player you want to build a fast, physical and dominant defence around,” REDBLACKS defensive coordinator Mike Benevides said in a statement. “He’s a guy who has barely scratched the surface of his potential and I’m excited to start working with him.”

In 28 games with the REDBLACKS’ organization, Williams has 112 defensive tackles, seven tackles on the special teams and two sacks to his account.

Williams, who played his collegiate football at Temple University, was a part of the 2016 conference championship team and the 2015 team that made an appearance in the conference championship. He finished his career at Temple with 154 tackles, three sacks, and one interception in 47 games played.