Countdown to Kickoff: #98 Kwam Williams

We continue our player-by-player look at the 2004 Clemson Tigers by analyzing redshirt freshman DE Kwam Williams. Williams was labeled a "tweener" upon arriving on campus, but he could be headed for playing time much sooner than most expected.

DE Kwam Williams
6-3, 220
Westlake High School
Atlanta, GA

Quick Bio
Kwam Williams redshirted his freshman year at Clemson. As a senior in high school, he made 128 tackles with 14 sacks and one interception his senior season. He was also a first-team All-City and All-Region selection and team defensive MVP.
The Scoop
Williams was labeled as a "tweener" by former recruiting coordinator Rick Stockstill before he left Clemson more than a year ago, but by most accounts, he will be ready for playing time sooner than most expected.

Key Points
  • Williams has been looked at as both a linebacker and a defensive end during his Clemson career, but he ended spring practice back at the defensive end position.

  • Coming out of spring practice, defensive end appears to be a major strength of the team. With Vontrell Jamison, Mo Fountain, Gaines Adams and Charles Bennett running the show, playing time could be limited for Williams in 2004.

  • Williams is currently listed on the third team, behind Charles Bennett and Vontrell Jamison at defensive end. He joins teammate Brandon Cannon as a third team end.

    Williams has made noticable strides in the eyes of the coaching staff since his arrival last fall. He's quick, he's a hard worker, and he has a great attitude towards the game. His temporary move to linebacker shouldn't come as a suprise, considering the staff has always been high on his overall quickness. However, to compete for more playing time this fall, he'll have to continue to work hard in the weight room to build additional bulk. Right now, he's at least a year away from seeing the field with the game on the line.

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