Bobby Williamson may not be a starter this fall, but he'll be in a position to see his production increase from a year ago. We've got the scoop on Williamson, and his role in the offense, in the latest edition of our <i>Countdown to Kickoff</i> series.
In high school, Bobby Williamson was ranked as the 35th-best player in Florida by Florida Prep Football. He finished his career with a 93-percent blocking grade and ranked as one of the top five players in the Tampa Bay area. Following a redshirt season in 2001, Williamson played 314 snaps in 12 games in 2002. He also has a 450-pound bench press, tied for third on the team last year.
Bobby Williamson, a redshirt junior, will be depended on to provide reliable depth at the tight end position this fall. Despite the fact that he's fallen behind Ben Hall on the first team, he's still a dependable blocker that provides outstanding effort and soft hands. Last season in 12 games of action, he caught 12 passes for 105 yards
Williamson is best remembered for his 1-yard touchdown reception from Willie Simmons on 4th and goal during the 2002 Georgia Tech game. Williamson caught the touchdown in heavy traffic to give the Tigers a 17-6 halftime lead. Clemson would go on to win the game, 24-19.
Williamson caught a career high 5 passes for 32 yards last year in a 17-15 loss at N.C. State. "He's just a sophomore, and I think he's going to be a good tight end," head coach Tommy Bowden said after the game.
Even though Ben Hall has moved ahead of Williamson as the first team tight end, the opportunity for playing time will still be there. Hall, who is widely considered the better receiver, improved his blocking this spring, prompting the move by Tommy Bowden. "He's been blocking better," said Bowden of Hall. "And he's also been catching the ball. Right now he's on the first team ahead of Bobby Williamson."
Williamson is a hard working, blue collar tight end that will see his share of playing time in 2004. Even though Ben Hall has beaten him out on the first team, Williamson's size, strength, and overall development entering his fourth year in the program, will not be ignored by the coaching staff.