Q&A with Avery Williamson

Former assistant coach Steve Ortmayer and yours truly were in conversation last year and we were speculating on who would be the first true freshmen to see the field.

Former assistant coach Steve Ortmayer and yours truly were in conversation last year and we were speculation on who would be the first true freshmen to see the field. My intense study of the profiles and bits of information coming out of Milan,Tennessee put me on the same page with Ortmayer that Avery Williamson would be that player. He did play some from scrimmage last season.

KSR - Williamson has been elevated to the starting middle linebacker position due to an injury to Ronnie Sneed. We asked Williamson if he was ready to assume the role of defensive coach on the field?

AW - I feel like I'm playing the part real good. I feel like all my studying is paying off. I moved up to the first team and I feel real comfortable out there now.

KSR - The middle linebacker has the responsibility of making all the defensive calls. Are you up to it?

AW - This spring I was with the two's and I was still more confused. After I studied all summer and watched a lot of film, the calls are coming so much more easier.

KSR - Sneed getting hurt points up the fact that in football you never know when your number is going to be called. It pays to always to be ready.

AW - Oh yeah. You've got to be ready. Coach Minter always say ‘next man in' and I take this as my shot to take the starting spot and if I wasn't ready I would lose a great opportunity.

KSR - Coach Minter's in your face style of coach is tough. How you adapted to that style?

AW - I feel like I have adapted real well because when he first got here is was real tough. I wasn't use to that in your face type of coaching but I feel like I have adapted real well. And when he tell me I messed up I just say yes sir and I go back and study so I can make sure I correct that and I don't get yell the next day.

KSR - How do you feel the entire defense has adapted to Minter's style?

AW - We had to change our entire attitude. We were not used to a hard-nosed coach getting in our face and made us come in early on time. It was tough and a lot of the defense reacted negatively to that. I feel like we've had a change of heart now because we realize he's trying to make us better football players. He's not trying to hurt us - he trying to help us and this will only makes better on Saturday's.

KSR - How has it been working with Danny (Trevathan)?

AW - It's great because he's so fast. I know he's got my back if slip out side out of my gap, I know he's going to be there. He's leader and I look up to him and I felt like he was a big brother and you see him making play you want to play like him.

KSR - Your position coach Chuck Smith said as the MLB your teammates have got to trust you and are you ready?

AW - Oh Yeah, and that why I'm spending so much time in the film room. I guarantee you I'll be ready when the season opens.

KSR - Simply, what has Rock Oliver done for you? AW - When I first arrived here I weighed 219-pounds and I weigh 244-pounds and less body-fat now than before.


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