Both players are eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be released in December
SIU outscored EIU 24-0 in the second half to overcome a 21-14 halftime deficit
No. 7 SDSU is the highest ranked opponent SIU has defeated since Oct. 17, 2009 (No. 2 Northern Iowa).
The Saluki defense has now recorded a sack in 40 of its previous 41 games.
Football vs. Northern Iowa Photo Gallery
Capital One Academic All-Region V...First-team MVFC All-Academic team...Team captain...Started all 12 games at outside linebacker...Second on the team with 66 total tackles...Tied for the team lead with 4.0 sacks...Led the team and fifth in the MVFC with 13.0 tackles for loss...Forced three fumbles, two shy of the national leader...Finished the season tied for SIU's all-time lead with six forced fumbles...Twice recorded double-digit tackles, including 11 tackles and 2.5 TFL against Missouri State...Set a new career high with 3.0 TFL in the season finale against Indiana State...Intercepted a pass against Illinois State...Received the MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the previous two semesters.
Selected to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team...Played in all 11 games at outside linebacker...Named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Illinois State despite not starting the game...Led all SIU non-starters with 32 total tackles and 17 solo tackles on the year...Recorded a season-high seven tackles, an interception and 1.0 sacks against Illinois State...Fourth on the team with 4.5 sacks and 5.5 TFL, including a season-high 2.0 TFL against Illinois State...Led the team and tied for third in the MVFC with three forced fumbles...Tied for sixth in the MVFC with two fumble recoveries...Received the MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the previous two semesters.
Prior to SIU
Recorded 85 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks, six forced fumbles and one interception in 2011 -- his only year at Highland Community College...Began his college career at Bowling Green where he redshirted in 2010.
First-team All-State selection as a senior...Two-time All-District and All-Region selection...Earned Defensive MVP honors at the Tennessee East-West All-Star game...District 4-AAA Defensive Back of the Year...Went 44-8 in four years of high school football, including a 6A Tennessee state championship as a junior...Four-year letterwinner...Posted 180 tackles, 12 interceptions, 18 pass breakups, nine forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in high school...Also played quarterback, passing for over 3,000 yards in his career...Earned the Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation...Also played three years of basketball.
Full given name is Tyler Stoakes Williamson...Son of Elizabeth and Mark Williamson...Father is an accountant and was a member of the University of Tennessee National Champion swim team...Has an older brother and a younger sister...Born Oct. 25, 1991 in Knoxville, Tenn...Majoring in kinesiology.