We're not talking about Tojo Yamamoto and Hulk Hogan doing a time capsule tag-team wrestling match, we are talking about a freshman tag-team duo that has drawn the assignment of left offensive tackle for the UK Wildcats the last two games. Better yet Garry Williams and James Alexander are going into a game down between the hedges in Athens, Georgia. Better yet, these youngsters are true freshmen.
This move's genesis was in the Auburn game precipitated by the season ending injury to the season long starter Fatu Turituri. Turituri suffered an ACL knee injury in the Mississippi State game and was replaced by James Alexander. Alexander injured his right shoulder in the Auburn game and was replaced by Garry Williams, who moved over from right guard.
With both guys seeing significant time at left tackle, which protects the quarterback's back side. Given the yeomen's task of being sent into the jaws of a Bulldog that's hungering for a hunk of raw meat, is an experience unmatched by any freshman in the country.
As before reported, another freshman offensive lineman Christian Johnson, who's been seeing significant time on the field, said that he feels like o-line coach Jimmy Heggins has turned their offensive line around. So perhaps, these youngsters are better prepared for this kind of battle than they would be otherwise.
Did these guys ever expect to be playing in such big games in their freshmen year? "I expected to be redshirted," Williams said, "but they asked me to step up. It gave me a chance to get valuable experience for next year."
Alexander said he didn't expect to be playing either as a true freshman. He said: "At first, I was suppose to be a greyshirt, then I was supposed to be redsirted and now I'm playing. I'm really glad to be getting to play because I'm getting to see some of the best players in college football, really young. When I see these kind of guys a couple of years from now, I'm going to be really ready."
Alexander said his shoulder is still sore but he is pushing through the pain. Because of the shoulder, he said that Williams is better at pass blocking and he gets off the ball quicker than me on the run blocking. Just a liiittle bit. The coaches say that Alexander is the better-run blocker and Williams is the better pass blocker. Nevertheless they both can each keep other fresh throughout the game against the powerful Bulldogs.
An upset win in Georgia would be huge because Williams has family in Georgia. Several of the family members will be in attendance for the game. His Grandmother is in Waycross – his uncle is in Atlanta – and relatives in Albany and Augusta.
"There are certain things I know I need to get better at," Alexander said. "At the beginning of the season, I pushed myself but now I get a little lazy. I get it one week and the next week I get lazy. I kind of slacked off once I knew I had gotten it down but now I'm pushing myself again.
"We take a lot of pride in what (Rafael) Little is doing"
This freshman duo is still a little light in the pants for SEC starters, both in the 280-pound range. Yet they are going to be tag teaming in Georgia Saturday.
Williams and Alexander tag-team at tackle
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