Countdown to Kickoff: #98 Kwam Williams

It's that time of year again! presents its annual Countdown to Kickoff campaign by profiling every player on the Clemson football team. First up, reserve defensive end Kwam Williams.

DE Kwam Williams
6-3, 255
Westlake High School
Atlanta, GA

Quick Bio
Kwam Williams redshirted his freshman year at Clemson before seeing action in three games a year ago. 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 came to Clemson two years around 220 pounds, but since then, he's bulked up to over 250. His work in the weight room should help advance his stock in the eyes of the coaching staff, but he's still in a battle for playing time with reserve end Brandon Cannon.

Key Points
  • Williams arrived at Clemson with the possibilities of playing linebacker or defensive end, but after adding more than 30 pounds in his first two years, he's settled in at end in Coach Koenning's scheme

  • Defensive end appears to be a strength of the team again in 2005 with Gaines Adams and Charles Bennett (bandit) locked in as starters. After that, there is considerable youth on the second team with Brandon Cannon and redshirt freshman Cortney Vincent (bandit).

  • Williams is currently listed on the third team at defensive end, behind Charles Bennett and Brandon Cannon.

  • Last year, Williams saw action in three games, recording one tackle in twelve total plays. Nearly half of those plays (5) came during the Tigers' 35-6 Homecoming win over Utah State.

    Williams has made noticeable strides in the eyes of the coaching staff since his arrival two years ago. He's quick, he's a hard worker, and he has a great attitude towards the game. However, with Gaines Adams and Charles Bennett returning this year, he's still a year away from seeing significant action.

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