Justin Williamson
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Justin Williamson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Springfield, Mo.

High School:
Glendale High

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 280

Position:
Offensive Tackle

At MSU: Justin Williamson enters his senior year as the incumbent right tackle after bouncing back from injury in a big way to earn second team all-conference honors as a junior. He first earned a starting spot at the end of the 2003 season, but then sustained a season-ending knee injury in the season opener against Drake in 2004. He came back last year to reclaim his spot on the line and emerge as one of the top linemen in the Gateway Football Conference. He also was named Offensive Lineman of the Year by the Bears' coaching staff and was twice named conference Offensive Lineman of the Week. Williamson, who sat out the 2002 season as a redshirt, started 2003 as the Bears' third unit tight end but began working at left tackle and took over the starting job at that post to be part of the team's offensive surge the last four games of the season. He joined the Bears' basketball squad midway in the 2002-03 season and got into five games for coach Barry Hinson's 19-game winning team. Williamson was the first player to see varsity action for Missouri State in both football and basketball in more than 15 years.

Background: Williamson was a four-year football letterman at Springfield Glendale High, where he earned first team all-conference and all-district honors on both offense and defense as a senior. He added honorable mention all-conference laurels as a junior. He also won four letters for the Falcons in basketball, two in baseball and one in track and field in his busy prep career

Personal: His full name is Justin Ryan Andrew Williamson. The son of Eddie and Angie Williamson, he was born March 7, 1984, in Springfield, Missouri. His academic major at MSU is industrial management.

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