Brandin Echols - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 26


  • position Defensive Back
  • height 5-11
  • Weight 178
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Southaven, Miss.
  • Previous School Northwest Mississippi CC
  • High school Southaven


  • Played in 24 career games in his two-year career with 22 straight starting assignments
  • Totaled 108 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 11 PBU, two forced fumbles and an interception
  • Had a career-high 10 tackles vs. Mississippi State (9/21/19)
  • First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll and SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll (2019)
  • Dean’s List (Spring 2019)
  • Graduated in December of 2020 with a degree in community and leadership development

2020 – Senior

  • Started in all 11 games in 2020
  • Fourth on the team in tackles with 54 … also had 2.0 tackles for loss, two PBU and an interception
  • Made his first career interception in the Gator Bowl on NC State’s first possession and returned it eight yards to midfield … Totaled seven tackles in the game
  • Led UK with seven tackles vs. No. 1 Alabama
  • Invited to the 2021 Hula Bowl

2019 – Junior

  • Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • Honorable mention flex defender (PFF)
  • Started at corner in 11 of the last 13 games played
  • Had 52 tackles (fourth on the team), a team-high nine PBUs, two forced fumbles (tied for second on the team), 2.5 TFL and a sack
  • Tied for 14th in the SEC passes defended (0.75)
  • Had a career-high 10 tackles vs. Mississippi State … Also got a sack/caused fumble in the third quarter his first for both plays at Kentucky
  • Earned first career start vs. Florida
  • Had three PBUs in his debut vs. Toledo, the most by a UK player since Derrick Baity vs. Northwestern on Dec. 29, 2017
  • Mid-year enrollee
  • Dean’s List (Spring 2019)

Junior College

  • Went to junior college as a receiver but switched to defense back in his freshman season and found his niche
  • A three-star recruit who ranked as the fifth-best cornerback among junior college recruits by Rivals
  • Earned NJCAA second-team All-America honors
  • Named first-team All-MACJC and All-Region 23 NJCAA in 2018 after leading the MACJC and ranking second in the NJCAA with six interceptions
  • His 12 pass breakups ranked fourth in the country
  • Added 49 tackles, a forced fumble and blocked kick in helping lead Northwest to an 8-2 record and a No. 8 national ranking in the NJCAA
  • Coached by Benjy Parker

High School

  • Played for head coach Ed Rich at Southaven
  • Totaled 11 total tackles, two sacks and an interception as a senior
  • Offensively, caught 29 passes for 406 yards and four TDs and rushed for 906 yards and eight TDs
  • Added 604 return yards with four touchdowns
  • Also played basketball and ran track as a senior, earning a spot on Clarion-Ledger’s All-State boys’ track team after winning the state championship in the long jump
  • Chose Kentucky over offers from Ole Miss, Houston and Memphis


  • Born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Son of Antonio and Ecstacy Williams
  • Has three sisters, Desiree Williams, Taylor Williams, and Victoria Williams

Brandin Says

  • His nickname is “Beezy”
  • He chose Kentucky because it was a great opportunity
  • When he played football as a kid he pretended he was Terrell Owens
  • After his football career, he would like to be involved with community service work
  • One word to describe him on the field is “dawg”
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