Williamson was the 35th-best player in Florida by Florida Prep Football coming out of high school. He also had a 93-percent career blocking grade and was nominated for the Florida-Georgia All-Star game. At Clemson, he's played both as a tight end and defensive end.
Williamson has played as both a tight end and a defensive end during his three years at Clemson. Last year, he recorded almost 300 snaps on defense and tied for a team-high five sacks. This season however, he's moving back over to offense where he'll be depended on to block and catch passes in new offensive coordinator Rob Spence's high-percentage passing game.
Last season at defensive end, Williamson played 287 plays, where he had 30 tackles, seven of which were for a loss, and five of them being sacks. As a freshman and sophomore, Williamson compiled 17 total receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown as a tight end. He also has 12 career starts at that position.
Williamson may be best remembered for his 1-yard touchdown reception from Willie Simmons on a 4th and goal play 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.
"We're up to our ears in defensive linemen and ends," defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said of Williamson's move back to offense. "We've got to do what's best for the team."
Williamson will likely be used in the traditional tight end sense, on the line of scrimmage and next to a tackle. Also keep in mind that Spence's offense will use the H-back, which is when the tight end lines up behind the tackle and used primarily as a receiver, much in the same fashion as former NFL star Shannon Sharpe.
Williamson is a hard working, blue collar tight end that will see more than his share of playing time this year on offense. Rob Spence will use as many as three tight ends in the game at one time, which obviously means that Williamson will be depended on more than he ever has at any point in his career.
Reggie McNeal of Texas A&M gets by Williamson last year in College Station, TX.
Williamson catches a ball as a tight end during spring practice this year.
Williamson gets the crowd into the game last year during homecoming.
The rising senior catches a pass during the 2004 Orange & White game.