August 12, 2007

Who's holding it down at the ends?

Is Williams starting rush end?

Within the 2006 commitment class, there was not much talk about Fort Worth defensive end Brandon Williams. In fact, the two-star South Hills High School stud was well overlooked in a signing class that originally had over 30 signees.

No one would have guessed that the following fall, Williams would arguably be the biggest contributor of the class. Playing in 12 out of 13 games, Williams accumulated 16 tackles combined with 3 sacks, for a total of 19 yards lost.

It was an impressive season for the true freshman, but no one would know by talking to him personally.

"I don't really consider myself being successful so far," Williams promptly stated. "I try to come in and play my role."

So what exactly is going to be Williams' role this season? Last year, the 6-foot-5, 253-pound end was placed at the strong side spot behind former Red Raider Seth Nitschmann and senior Jake Ratliff.

"Brandon last year was more of a situation player," explained defensive end coach Charlie Sadler. "He was a pass rush type guy. This year we're expecting him to become more of a complete player, which would include playing the run. He has a lot of work to do in that area still. He's working hard at it and I think as time progresses through the camp that he'll wind up very efficient for us."

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