Williams Aiming for Playing Time

Buddy Williams, one of the top ranked cornerbacks to come out of the state of Florida last year, has been trying to climb his way up the depth chart at Clemson this fall. "I've had to make some adjustments to the college game," Williams told CUTigers.com at Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday.

Larrey "Buddy" Williams was one of several true freshmen from the 2002 class that was slated to make an impact for the Tigers sooner rather than later.

Judging by his current status on the depth chart, he could be in a position to do just that in the 2003 season opener against the Georgia Bulldogs.

"Right now I'm behind Tye Hill on the left side," said Williams. "It was good for me to redshirt last year and learn the system. The coaches have worked a lot with me on my technique and I'm getting adjusted to everything that's going on now."

In terms of adjustments, the biggest thing for Williams has been getting used to the speed of the game at Clemson.

"The biggest thing for me has been adjusting to the speed of the game at the college level. Everybody is fast here," added Williams. "You can't take anything for granted and you just have to ready to give 100% every play."

The redshirt freshman posted 136 tackles as a senior at Tallahassee's Lincoln High School and 8 interceptions, two of which he ran back for touchdowns.

Using his 4.4 speed, is there any chance that we could possibly see Williams as a kick returner in 2003?

"No, the coaches really just have me focused on playing cornerback right now. I've been working a lot on my technique and things like that, so hopefully I should get to play a good bit this season."

The redshirt freshman has his work cut out for him in 2003, as he continues to battle it out with Tye Hill and Toure Francis for playing time this fall. Nevertheless, he's still only in his second year in the program and there's little doubt that he'll have plenty of time to make an impact before he leaves.

Buddy Williams (#39) will compete with Toure Francis (#26) and Tye Hill for playing time in 2003.

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