Quick Hits with Bobby Williamson

CUTigers.com caught up with defensive end Bobby Williamson on Saturday, just days after his move over from offense.

How did you first find out that you were going to be moved over to defense?
Williamson: Well I moved over about 3 days ago. I got a call and I met with Coach Lovett and Coach West and we discussed it and we all thought it was a good idea to get me on the field. I'm still going to work at tight end with on goal line and where ever they need me, but right now the tight end isn't being used a lot. Ben Hall has really excelled in that position and he's on lock. They are going to get me on the field somehow and we are a little shy at defensive end with some of the injuries, so they decided to move me over.

Have you ever played defense before?
Williamson: No, well not really since little league. I never played in high school, we only played one way there. I probably haven't played defense in seven or eight years.

Is it something you are comfortable with?
Williamson: Yeah, kind of, but not as of yet. I'm sure it will come by game time but I had a couple of missed tackles out there Saturday. It's like I have to go back to pee wee football and learn how to form tackle all over again.

How did you do in the scrimmage on Saturday?
Williamson: I thought I did pretty well. There were a couple of times I caught myself hesitating because I'm not 100% sure of what I'm supposed to do on every single play. Even if I mess up though, I try to fly around right now and make the tackle. I think I did fairly well for my first scrimmage.

Can you talk about Ben Hall and his development this year as the first team tight end?
Williamson: It didn't just start with fall practice with Ben, it started with summer conditioning. He was here, he made all his lifts, he was a leader and he's put on a lot of weight, which has really helped with his blocking. He's really focused right now and he knew that his receiving part of his game was in check, but he needed to work on that other part, and he's done that. He worked really hard on it this summer and I think he's going to have a really good year.

Is there any disappointment at all in being moved to defense?
Williamson: You get a little disappointed because I was recruited as a tight end, I played tight end here, and started last year. But at the same time, I just want to get on the field and help the team. The team doesn't need me at tight end right now, they need me at defensive end, so I want to do whatever I can to help the team.

And just for the record, you are playing on the left side behind Charles Bennett, correct?
Williamson: Yeah, I'm on the second team behind Charles, and Brandon Cannon is behind me.

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