Texas A&M defensive assistant joining Deion Sanders' staff at Colorado

Tim Verghese (1)by:Tim Verghese12/04/22


Texas A&M defensive analyst Nick Williams is leaving the program to join Deion Sanders’ staff at Colorado as defensive line coach.

Williams joined Texas A&M’s staff in May of 2021 and played a key role in helping the Aggies land four-star safety Smoke Bouie, cornerback Marquis Groves-Killebrew and more in the 2022 cycle. He’s been heavily involved in the Aggies’ efforts in Georgia, as well as defensive line recruiting. He spent his time at A&M primarily mentoring defensive linemen, as well as defensive backs.

While Williams wasn’t one of the 11 on-field coaches allowed to recruit on the road, he was a key figure behind the scenes interacting with recruits via direct messages, phone calls, and video conferences, as well as visits.

Prior to joining Texas A&M’s staff, he was a graduate assistant at Georgia, his alma mater, and played a key role in the Bulldogs landing elite prospects like Bear Alexander and Kelee Ringo.

As a player at Georgia, Williams started 23 games at safety for the Bulldogs between 2008-2010.

Williams is the second staffer to leave Texas A&M this offseason

Williams is the second Texas A&M staffer to leave the program thus far this offseason. Shortly after Texas A&M’s season ended, it was announced that the Aggies would be parting ways with offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey after four seasons with the program.

Dickey has been at Texas A&M since 2018 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Prior to the 2022 season, he was reassigned to offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. In his time in College Station, Dickey helped guide the Aggies to one of the top seasons in program history as the team boasted an 8-1 regular season record against an all-SEC slate and the program’s first invitation to a New Year’s 6 Bowl back in 2020. 

The Aggies’ offense struggled all season, ranking 94th in offensive yards per game, averaging just 5.72 yards per play. Texas A&M scored over 30 points in just two games, the season-opening 31-0 win over Sam Houston State, and the 38-23 upset win over LSU to end the season. The Aggies began the season ranked No. 6 in the country only to finish with a 5-7 record.

Dickey’s contract with Texas A&M runs through 2023 with an $850k per year salary. Texas A&M will owe him his remaining base salary upon termination. 

Dickey began his career as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M back in 1986. He went on to coach at Memphis from 1986-1989, then had stints at Mississippi State, LSU, UTEP and SMU before becoming the head coach at North Texas in 1998, where he stayed through 2006. He went on to have stints as an offensive coordinator at Utah State, New Mexico and Texas State, before returning to Memphis in 2012. Dickey played an instrumental role in Memphis’ turnaround and rise on the college football’s national landscape.