Coming off a breakout year in which he finished second on the team in sacks, Alabama linebacker Tim Williams wants to take another huge step forward in his final season. 

The pass rush specialist shared a goal for 2016 on Twitter, and it would put him in elite territory if he could accomplish it.

Prior to 2015, only five Alabama defenders had ever reached the 10.5 sack mark.

  1. 27.0 - Derrick Thomas (1988)
  2. 18.0 - Derrick Thomas (1987)
  3. 11.0 - Emanuel King (1983)
  4. 10.5 - Eric Curry (1992)
  5. 10.5 - John Copeland (1992)

Both Williams and Jonathan Allen (12 sacks) joined those other four players on the all-time sack list. And they will both be a part of the defense this fall.

For Williams to catch Derrick Thomas in Alabama record books, he'd first have to break the official NCAA record of 24 sacks by Arizona State's Terrell Suggs in 2002. That's because the NCAA didn't start collecting official defensive statistics until 2000.

Williams and the rest of the Alabama team began preparations for the 2016 season last Friday as spring practice began in Tuscaloosa.

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