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March 2, 2024

D-Will New Sideline Reporter PARK, PA. – Former Penn State standoutĀ Derrick Williams is joining the Penn State Sports Network broadcast team as a sideline reporter. Williams joins the Voice of the Nittany Lions, Steve Jones, and Penn State “Linebacker U.” legend Jack Ham on all broadcasts this season.

Williams earned All-Big Ten first team honors in 2008 to go along with Walter Camp and Sporting News All-American second team accolades. One of the program’s most explosive playmakers, Williams ranks 12th in program history in receiving yards (1,743), fourth in receptions (161) and sixth in all-purpose yards (4,156). As a senior, Williams caught 44 passes for 485 yards and three touchdowns, while also running for 243 yards and three scores. Williams was an instrumental member of the Nittany Lions’ 2005 and 2008 Big Ten Championship teams that won the 2006 Orange Bowl and played in the 2009 Rose Bowl.

A standout return man, Williams recorded five return touchdowns in his career, including two kickoff returns and one punt return for touchdowns in 2008. He is the last Nittany Lion to return a punt for a score with his 78-yard touchdown against Notre Dame in 2007.

After a prolific career at Penn State, Williams was selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft, the highest Nittany Lion selected that year. He spent two seasons with the Lions and parts of seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. Williams currently sells medical devices in his home state of Maryland.

Jones and Ham are in their 17th season sharing the broadcast booth as the play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively, for the Penn State Sports Network.

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