Willie Williams: "It's Showtime!"

Willie Williams is entering his third season as a Miami Hurricane after being the nation's most highly recruited linebacker in 2004.

Willie Williams is up to 240 pounds after playing at 225-230 pounds last season. He likes the extra weight and has been running around very well.

Earlier today, the Hurricanes held their first scrimmage of the spring and Williams was one of the standouts according to Larry Coker.

"It went real for me today," Williams said. "I was out there just basically feeling the defense and everything. Everything is just slowing down for me and I was making plays."

Since it was a closed scrimmage Williams was asked if there were any particular plays that stood out in his mind.

"They all stand out to me because they all were a play. There wasn't one in particular."

After two days in shorts the team put on the pads on Friday and Saturday, which definitely makes a difference particularly for the guys on defense who like to hit, like Williams.

"I have been feeling real well out here," said Williams. "I feel like I got bigger, stronger, and faster. I just feel so ready right now."

Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon is now the linebackers coach and Williams, along with his peers, have already seen a difference.

"I see differences in the steps, technique, and schemes. There is nothing better than having your coordinator as your position coach. There is a big difference and I feel we all are getting better at everything."

Williams patiently waited for his turn last season with his primary role being on special teams. He finished his redshirt freshman year with 17 tackles including two for a loss.

"Last year wasn't a disappointment with me not starting," Williams said. "I accepeted by role, but this year I am going to put everything out on the line."

Towards the end of the season Williams stated that he couldn't wait for the spring to come to fight for a larger role on the team. As he completed the first week of spring practices he realizes that "it is here, it is showtime!"

Practice resumes on Tuesday at 3:20 p.m., but remains closed to the public.

Williams, who is currently the second-strong weakside linebacker behind Jon Beason, has a goal for the remainder of spring practices concluding with the spring game on April 15.

"Make plays, make plays, and make plays."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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