June 3, 2014 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Philadelphia Soul
PHILADELPHIA (June 3, 2014) - The Back-to-Back American Conference Champions Philadelphia Soul announce the signing of defensive lineman, Julius Williams (6'2, 265, Connecticut) in a trade with San Jose for offensive lineman, Duke Robinson. Williams will add depth and bring NFL experience to the team.
"We are fortunate to get another quality pass rusher," said Soul head coach, Clint Dolezel. "He has NFL experience and we liked what we have seen on film. Our game is about quickness and strength - he will definitely help give us a boost in that key area."
Previous to his career in the AFL, Williams signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the spring of 2009 and was one of the only two undrafted free agents to make the opening day roster. In his rookie season, he was activated for 11 games and started at defensive end for one game. In 2010, Williams was released by Jacksonville during the final roster cuts. Later that season, he joined the UFL and played for Hartford for the last few weeks of the season. In April of 2011, Williams signed with the Edmonton Eskimos. He had 15 starts and recorded 20 tackles, five sacks and a tackle for loss. On May 15, 2014 Williams entered the AFL and was assigned to the San Jose SaberCats
In his collegiate career, Williams played for the University of Connecticut (2004-08). With Connecticut, he played in all 49 games with 25 starts. He earned the team's Brian Kozlowski Award for being courageous, hardworking and productive. Williams played a big role on the Huskies' defense and contributed on special teams.
The Philadelphia Soul (6-5) will face the Tampa Bay Storm (5-6) this Saturday, June 7 at 5 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The game can also be seen on ESPN3.