Williams sets for start

ATHENS - Sophomore Des Williams wasn't always the Bulldogs' first choice for starting fullback.

Just last year Des Williams started his Georgia career playing linebacker due to suspensions on the defense. Later last season, Williams switched over to fullback because of a lack of depth at that position.

Once senior Jeremy Thomas' one game suspension for unspecified team violations was finalized and Williams' roommate freshman Danny Ware moved to tailback for good, the starting fullback position belonged to Williams. On Saturday Ware will be following Williams' blocks all day long.

Ware said he asked advice from his roommate on what this weekend's season opening game with Georgia Southern will be like.

"I asked Des how it would be in front of the crowd," said Ware. "He said because we are playing at home it will be fine. He said it will be good to start out the season at home because on offense we will be able to hear one another." Georgia won't have that comfort next week when they travel to South Carolina.

After all the practices and all the changes in the off season, Williams said he is ready for some new competition. "I think everybody's just tired of beating each other and really battling each other," said Williams. "We're ready to take it out on somebody else."

The 6-1, 245 pound Dacula High School graduate offered some thoughts on the Bulldogs' season opener and intra-state match against the Eagles. "We're going to go out there and play our game," said Williams. "We're going to try to play mistake free football and really start the season out with a bang." The Bulldogs are ranked number three and four in this week's national polls.

Williams rushed for only 11 yards in 3 attempts last season. And although Williams did not get the ball very often last season, his performance can not be judged in yards rushed alone. He has been hard at work during the off-season. In fact, Williams was awarded the Iron Man Award which is given to the player who "shows up every day for work, never late, and strains his potential in every endeavor."

In Athens, the Bulldog football players all hear the same questions, "Are you going to beat Florida? What about LSU? Will y'all make it to the National Championship game?"

But Williams doesn't mind the questions. He simply states, "You've got to beat the best to be the best." Williams would know – he's been preparing all summer to do just that.

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