Rookie linebacker Vince Williams did not know Lawrence Timmons before being drafted by the Steelers in the spring. Timmons last played for Florida State in 2006 two years before Williams arrived on campus to play for the Seminoles.

"But I was aware of his legend" Williams said Thursday. "Lawrence really played only one year at Florida State. A lot of people don't even know that. He played a little special teams his sophomore year started as a junior and went to the NFL as a first-round draft pick. That's odd. That's amazing."

Williams took a more conventional route to the NFL. He was at Florida State for five years and started his final two before the Steelers selected him with their second pick in the sixth round in April.

It took Timmons until his third season to become a full-time starter for the Steelers. Due to the injury to Larry Foote the other Seminole in the linebacker corps might soon become a full-time starter as a 24-year-old rookie.

Kion Wilson started the past two games in place of Foote but it was Williams who saw the majority of the snaps in both games. Williams played 33 snaps against the Bears compared to 11 for Wilson.

"I thought he did real good" Timmons said. "In the second half he did a real good job fitting up with the run. He's going in there calling the defense too. For a rookie to come in and do that that speaks volumes."

Williams was credited with four tackles against the Bears but one missed tackle stands out. Williams said he was bothered that the Bears converted a fourth-and-1 for a touchdown late in the first quarter.

"I had a couple of plays I could have done better namely that fourth-down on the goal line" Williams said. "I'm my worst critic. The standard is the standard around here. I don't really feel like I want to be doing good for a rookie. I feel like I want to do good for a professional football player so I hold myself to a higher standard. I feel like it was an OK game but I really want to do better."

When Foote was injured Timmons was expected to wear the communication helmet and relay the defensive calls to players on the field. But the coaches changed their mind and entrusted Williams with that responsibility.