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Penn State corner Trevor Williams signs UDFA with San Diego Chargers

He might be an underdog, but he now has a shot at an NFL roster.

Penn State corner Trevor Williams signed an undrafted free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers on Saturday night, according to the Penn State athletic department.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for Trevor,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said, according to a release. “Trevor was a mainstay on our defense for three seasons. His speed, length and intelligence will give him a chance to continue his career. He earned his degree in just three and a half years while leading our defense with a quiet confidence.”

Williams, who told the Centre Daily Times in October that at some point he’d like to be a football coach or open a recreational center for inner city kids, was a “lead-by-example” presence on Penn State’s secondary.

In 2014, the 6-foot, 200-pound Williams (who started his collegiate career as a receiver but moved to corner his sophomore season) claimed All-Big Ten honorable mention honors from the conference’s media contingent as a corner after recording 27 tackles (22 solo), two interceptions and five pass breakups.

“Trevor Williams is a big corner which is hard to find,” Penn State assistant head coach and cornerbacks coach Terry Smith said. “He's very reliable and smart on top of making few mistakes. He is a good cover corner that tackles well.”

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