– USA Football has selected Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams as a member of the 2013 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which honors 26 NFL players – 11 offense, 11 defense and four special teams – who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.
The fifth annual USA Football All-Fundamentals Team recognizes NFL players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters better on-field performance and inherent safety benefits.
Williams stays low off the ball, keeping his pads below blockers to provide a small target. After exploding off the line on the snap, he gains ground quickly across the line through quick feet and proper hand placement.
Each player chosen for the All-Fundamentals Team will receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice. Williams has chosen Ruston High School in Ruston, LA – his former high school – as the recipient of his grant.
A fan vote will determine All-Fundamentals Team captains at www.facebook.com/usafootball. Fans may vote for one captain on offense, defense and special teams. USA Football will award each of the three captains a $3,000 equipment grant to donate and an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy. Voting is open through Jan. 29.
— Kiko Alonso has been chosen as a 2013 Pepsi NEXT NFL Rookie of the Year finalist. Fans can vote for Kiko on http://www.nfl.com/rookies through Tuesday, January 28 to determine the winner.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills Head Coach
On DT Kyle William’s playing style:
“Kyle is always quick off the ball, always had a good inside move. Tough to get your hands on him. Doesn’t give you a lot of body surface. Has very good power. Even though the leverage from a height standpoint may not be where it is, but he plays with great power. Low to the ground, moves, hustles, makes plays side to side—very good pass rusher for someone that’s not the longest or the tallest but shoot, every one of us will take him.”
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