including the Chicago Tribune, CSN Chicago and the National Football Post.
After all, it was Williams who gained notoriety at midseason in 2012 for describing the Georgia defense as “too soft,” and essentially calling out his teammates for When watching Williams in person, Bowen couldn’t not playing with an attitude they previously exhibited. help but think of the difference between college and the NFL and the caliber of player he’ll be facing next season. His comments came days before Georgia squared off against Florida in their annual neutral-site rivalry game. “The biggest thing for him, moving to the next level and The Bulldogs pulled off the upset against the then thirdfor a lot of safeties is, these tight ends in the pros are ranked Gators. the real deal,” said Bowen in an exclusive interview with Cheesehead TV. “These tight ends in the pros are third “I just felt like we weren’t playing up to our potential,” wide receivers.” said Williams. “I felt like we were the best athletes. We just had a bunch of great guys, but we weren’t living up Without a doubt, Williams’ all-around athletic ability to our potential. I felt like we could give more, and that’s and talent have gotten him this far. But while his four what we wanted to do.” interceptions as a junior are nothing to scoff at, he’s known more as a strong safety enforcer than the type Georgia wouldn’t lose again until they met Alabama in that’s going to excel in coverage. the SEC Championship in a game that went down to the wire. The Bulldogs played tough down the stretch, In order to prove himself to NFL scouts and decision thanks in part to Williams’ leadership, something makers, the 6’ 0”, 213 lb. Williams has to show he can they’ve gotten used to in Athens. go stride for stride with today’s new breed of tight ends: the Jimmy Grahams, Rob Gronkowskis and Jermichael When both Rambo and fellow defensive back Sanders Finleys of the world. Commings were suspended to open the 2012 season, Williams was looked up to as a steadying influence in With more and more teams employing spread offenses, the secondary. safeties have to be able to cover these tight ends that are as fast as they are strong. “I try to lead by example at first and then there is point when it crosses into the vocal part, and I’ll do that as Using the Packers as an example of a team that’s going well,” said Williams. to spread their weapons across the width of the field, Bowen stresses the importance of safeties as cover men. That’s basically how Williams’ senior season played out: one of the few in the defensive backfield who kept his “If you can’t cover, you can’t play against Green Bay,” nose clean and out of trouble to begin the year and by said Bowen. “If you can’t cover the tight end, you’re in season’s end, his outspokenness got the attention of the deep trouble, especially in the red zone.” rest of the team. Bowen said Williams needs to work on keeping receiv- “He’s a good solid football player that will be a good aders away from his body, otherwise they’re going to push dition to a lot of teams,” said Bowen. off and try to create separation. So while the coverage techniques need some work, the aggressiveness and physical aspects are there.
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