April 2, 2007

Williams is a key cog for Tech's defense

In less than one year, sophomore defensive end Brandon Williams has gone from being an obscure afterthought to being an essential cog in the Texas Tech defense.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Fort Worth product arrived on the South Plains with no fanfare whatsoever. But after a freshman season that saw him reap Big 12 All-Newcomer honors, Williams is now regarded as a keystone on a defense that lost seven starters, and as potentially the next in an unbroken line of stellar Tech sackers dating all the way back, to Calvin Riggs in the mid-80s.

One index of Williams' rather sudden increased importance is the attention paid to his health.

If, during 2006 summer workouts, Williams had suffered some sort of injury, the event would have gone practically unnoticed by the media and certainly would not have been deemed worthy of comment. Now, however, if Williams seems less than his usual explosive self eyebrows are raised and feelers are sent out to determine whether or not he is 100%.

And, indeed, that is precisely what has transpired this spring.

Word had it that Williams was being hampered by an injury of some sort and Williams confirms that information.

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