JJ traveled from Montgomery to Vestavia Hills to play for the VHSC’s Steamers 98 Black from 2011- 15. He is a junior at Kentucky, which made it all the way to the Elite Eight before falling to Maryland last weekend.
The MAC Hermann Trophy, presented by World Wide Technology, is the top individual award in NCAA Division I soccer and has been awarded annually since 1967.
Williams is in the midst of a prolific season as the Wildcats’ co-captain has led the line throughout UK’s 19-1-1 season to date with an Elite Eight match coming up on Friday.
He ranks third nationally in total goals (18), second in game-winning goals (9), third in total points (44) and 28th in total assists (8).
He was also named C-USA Player of the Year and Offensive MVP in 2018.
Williams has scored huge goals on the biggest stages this season, scoring twice in 3-0 regular-season wins against NCAA Tournament No. 4-seed Louisville, No. 2 Indiana – a game in which he assisted the third goal. He also scored a brilliant 1-0 game winner in the C-USA Tournament final against USC No. 14 Charlotte just after halftime to go along with an NCAA Tournament second-round brace against USC No. 21 Portland.
Three men’s finalists and three women’s finalists will be named on Dec. 7 in conjunction with the Men’s College Cup semifinals in Santa Barbara, California. The winners will be announced at the Hermann Trophy banquet at the historic Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Jan. 4, 2019.