Vontrell King-Williams named EMU football assistant coach

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — A familiar face returns home. Vontrell King-Williams was named assistant football coach at Eastern Michigan University, head coach Chris Creighton announced today, January 29. King-Williams will serve as EMU’s defensive tackles coach after serving as a defensive graduate assistant for the program.

“We are very happy to have Coach King-Williams back on our team to coach our inside defensive line,” Creighton said. “He knows our program and wants to be here. He’s proven to be an excellent recruiter and we can’t wait to get him started.

Following a successful college career, King-Williams has spent the past five seasons rising through the coaching ranks in the Football Bowl subdivision.

King-Williams has spent the past two years at Liberty University, working with defensive linemen in a graduate assistant role. In Lynchburg, Va., the Flames won an incredible 18 games, including becoming one of five FBS teams to win a bowling game each of the last three seasons (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana).

In 2021, Liberty’s defense ranked 14th nationally in tackles for loss at 7.2 per game, while finishing 28th nationally with 2.85 sacks per game. The Flames also finished 11th in the FBS in red-zone defense, allowing just 22 touchdowns on 40 trips inside the 20-yard line.

A total of 14 Liberty student-athletes scored a sack to go along with 27 slashing a TFL.

The 2020 season was the best in school history for the Flames, after finishing the year ranked 17th in the Associated Press poll and 18th in the coaches’ poll. Both national rankings were the highest ever in the program’s history. The arrival also marked the first time Liberty had concluded a season ranked in the final national polls of the year.

The Flames finished the season with a 10–1 record, tying the program record for wins in a season.

Liberty had a season of “firsts” in 2020, including the team’s first-ever national ranking, first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponent, best start in league history. (8-0), the first-ever victory on an FBS top-25 program and consecutive bowl game victories.

Liberty defeated a pair of ACC foes at Syracuse and state opponent Virginia Tech. The two wins made Liberty the first non-Power 5 team to earn two wins over Power 5 schools in the same season since Houston in 2015.

Liberty was one of three FBS teams nationwide to place in the top 20 in total offense and total defense in 2020, joining BYU and Clemson. The Flames finished the 2020 season ranked 11th in the nation in total defense (317.7 yards allowed per game), 12th in passing yards allowed (184.0 per game), and 22nd in scoring defense ( 20.5 points awarded per game). ).

Additionally, King-Williams helped train four Liberty defensive players who signed NFL free agent contracts after the 2020 NFL Draft.

Prior to coming to Liberty, he was a graduate assistant coach at EMU for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In addition to assisting on defense, he helped develop the team’s recruiting efforts.

In 2019, Eastern played in a playoff bowl for the third time in the past four seasons and the fifth time in school history. It was also the first time in program history that EMU had played in the playoffs in back-to-back campaigns.

In 2018, EMU had a dynamite pass defense that ranked 10th overall in passing efficiency defense while holding opponents to a 55% completion rate. Eastern rushed the passer without a blitz, as ends Maxx Crosby and Jeremiah Harris combined for 12.5 sacks and 26.5 tackles for loss. Crobsy, who was a fourth-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft, ranked seventh in FBS in TFL and 42nd in sacks.

EMU was exceptionally stingy late in the year, as the defense allowed just three offensive touchdowns in the final 16 quarters of the season. Additionally, Eastern were ranked 10th nationally in fewest points allowed in the second half at just 8.7 per game.

King-Williams started in coaching in 2017 as a defensive line intern at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

He transferred to UTSA for his last two college football seasons (2015-16). As defensive tackle for current EMU associate head coach/defensive coordinator Neal NeatheryKing-Williams has played in 25 career games, recording 17 tackles and one pass deflection.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, King-Williams transferred to UTSA after playing at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. in 2014. He began his college career at the University of Illinois in 2013 where he was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.

King-Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from UTSA in 2016.

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