Earlier this spring, former Pitt defensive tackle Mick Williams signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. After attending mini camp in Tampa and training camp in Regina, Williams has survived the roster cuts and will be part of the Roughriders opening day roster.
Williams, the former First Team All-BIG EAST selection and 2009 BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year, signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent. Working as a nose tackle in the Jets unfamiliar 3-4 defense, Williams made progress, but was released shortly after mini camps concluded. Later in the summer, Williams was picked up by the Chicago Bears, but again was released prior to the start of the regular season.
Williams is joining a Saskatchewan team has reached the Grey Cup final in three of the last five seasons, having won the championship in 2007. However, the Roughriders are coming off of a 5-13 campaign in 2011. He will be joined by former BIG EAST conference foes Jock Sanders (West Virginia) and Taj Smith (Syracuse), both of which are on the practice squad.
Good luck this season, Mick.