One of the top linebacker prospects in the nation, Williams chose Auburn over Alabama and dozens of other schools over the summer. Now fired up about what Gus Malzahn and his staff have done for a team that won just three games last season, Williams says that he believes good things are in order in 2013.
"We're 2-0 baby," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's a great feeling to be undefeated starting off after looking back in the past and see what they've been. Now you see what they have become. I feel like it's going to be a great year. I think it's going to be a great future. We'll just have to see how they play this week."
Making the trip from Mobile to Auburn each of the first two weeks of the season, Williams has watched with great interest as the Tigers have shown improvement on defense under first-year coordinator Ellis Johnson. That was especially the case last weekend when Auburn held Arkansas State to just three field goals in the win. Williams says that he has seen a different defense already than the one he watched last year.
"They ball out," Williams notes. "I love their attitude. Their intensity from last year to now went way up. It's at the top of the charts. They have gotten way better and you can tell how much work they've put in. They don't give up anymore or anything like that, and they're keeping opponents out of the endzone."
One of the best parts of watching the defense for Williams has been watching Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson, Elijah Daniel, Josh Holsey and several other young players making a significant impact for the Tigers. He says it doesn't take much to picture himself and fellow commitments DeShaun Davis and Nick Ruffin jumping into the mix as well.
"I can't stop smiling because when I look at the future I can see that," Williams says. "With those guys playing in front of me and DeShaun beside me and Nick at cornerback, I know we have good people around me. It's not just me that would be making plays, but they would be making plays also. I have teammates that I can trust."
Overall Williams says that he has seen a dramatic change, not only from the team, but from the atmosphere at Auburn. Ready to see what the rest of the season holds for the Tigers, he says it's just a ride he's enjoying and he hopes it only gets better.
"The attitude is great and they are really applying themselves to the ‘New Day' theme," Williams says. "It's a new day and they have a new attitude and new intensity. The atmosphere is way better. The fans are staying until the fourth quarter where last year they would leave in the second. The fans really have a big part in things because they boost the team up. It's just a team effort and you can see the team coming together as one."
Banged up in the season opener for St. Paul's, Williams returned to action last week as the Saints blasted Williamson 33-6. He finished with 10 tackles and a sack. This Friday night St. Paul's will face B.C. Rain at home.