Former UGA football player Dale Williams passes away at 79

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If you’re a longtime fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, you might remember Dale Williams.

He was the heralded All-State quarterback out of Valdosta High School (Ga.) who signed with UGA in 1957. Williams was a part of Valdosta’s state championship teams in 1956 and 1957.

Williams, 79, died this week after an extended illness.

Back to the UGA connection: According to his obit, “He attended the University of Georgia on a football scholarship and played three years for the late Wallace Butts and one year for the late Johnny Griffith. He was the back-up quarterback to his roommate Fran Tarkenton, and also played linebacker and safety. He was awarded the outstanding defensive player in the 1961 Georgia-Florida game.”

After leaving UGA, Williams was an outstanding high school coach in Georgia for 32 seasons, compiling a 230-122-3 record. He led Waycross to state championships in 1977 and 1981.

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