On Kershaw: True senior who performed well in his first season as the starter at weakside linebacker ... had an outstanding spring, drawing the praise of coaches and teammates alike ... an honors candidate ... a long, athletic player who changes direction well ... started his career working at the "Mike" linebacker position but moved prior to 2003 ... has put on 32 pounds since the start of his freshman season ... ran a 4.69 in the 40-yard dash in spring testing with a 385-pound bench.
2004 (Junior): Saw action in all 11 games, starting 10 ... finished fourth on the team with 74 tackles (38 solo) ... tied for 17th in the ACC with 6.7 tackles per game ... also posted six TFLs, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and two pass breakups ... led the team with two blocked kicks ... (at VT) ... had one of his best games, setting a career high with 14 tackles ... powered around the right side to tackle Justin Hamilton on a run for no gain in the second quarter ... stepped up to the line to stop Cedric Humes for no gain on a run in the third quarter ... (at UVa) ... finished with seven tackles (two solo) and one blocked kick ... blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter as he leaped at the line of scrimmage to deflect the kick ... (vs. FSU) ... had six tackles (four solo), an interception, a sack and 1.5 TFLs ... picked off a Wyatt Sexton pass after it was tipped by D'Qwell Jackson to end a Florida State drive in Maryland territory at the end of the first half ... interception was the first of his career ... burst through the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter to drag down QB Chris Rix for a sack ... (at CU) ... totaled seven tackles (three solo), one TFL, one PBU and his first career sack ... contained Charlie Whitehurst before sacking him for a 10-yard loss in the second quarter ... (at Duke) ... had five tackles (three solo) and forced his first career fumble ... stripped the ball from Duke's QB with his left hand at the end of the first quarter ... put a big hit on Mike Schneider, leading to an errant throw and an interception by Ray Custis midway through the third quarter ... (at WVU) ... tallied seven tackles (five solo) with two TFLs for six yards ... notched his first career blocked field goal with 1:10 remaining to keep the game tied at 10-10 and send it into overtime ... (vs. NIU) ... earned his first collegiate start, notching seven tackles (five solo) ... combined with Chris Kelley on a TFL ... recorded the first PBU of his career when he swatted down a pass late in the fourth quarter.
2003 (Sophomore): Played in 11 games, posting 25 tackles (18 solo) as a reserve ... also registered one TFL and four QB hurries ... (at NCSU) ... recorded two solo tackles on special teams ... hit return man Tramain Hall on a kickoff late in the fourth quarter on NC State's own 3-yard line, where it would be forced to start the final drive of the game ... (at EMU) ... finished with a season-high six tackles (three solo) ... had his first career TFL for a loss of one yard ... (vs. WVU) ... recorded four tackles (three solo) ... had a big hit on Quincy Wilson in the fourth quarter, limiting him to a gain of just two yards on the play ... (at NIU) ... forced an incomplete pass on a third down in the first quarter by hitting QB Josh Haldi as he released the ball.
2002 (Freshman): Saw action in 10 games ... posted 29 tackles (13 unassisted) and one quarterback hurry ... (vs. Akron) ... finished second on the team with a season-high eight tackles ... six tackles were solo efforts ... (vs. Notre Dame) ... opened his college career by coming up with seven tackles (two solo) against the Irish ... five assisted tackles tied for a team-high.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Hoke County High School in Raeford, N.C. ... racked up 135 tackles with two interceptions, four fumble recoveries and seven sacks as a senior ... 69 of his 135 tackles were of the solo variety ... a first team All-Mid Southeastern Conference selection as a senior and a junior ... also a first team all-region pick as a senior ... an honorable mention all-region selection by PrepStar ... also a two-year letterman in basketball ... was also recruited by Wake Forest, Duke and Richmond ... high school coach was Greg Bryant.
Personal: William Kershaw was born December 15, 1983 ... son of Betty and William Kershaw, Sr. ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice.
Defense G-GS UT AT TT/Avg TFL Sacks Int 2002 10-0 13 16 29/2.9 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 2003 11-0 18 7 25/2.3 1.0-1 0.0-0 0-0 2004 11-10 38 36 74/6.7 6.0-26 2.0-18 1-3 Career 32-10 69 59 128/4.0 7.0-27 2.0-18 1-3