Williams Is In The Owls' Corner

Jared Williams made his presence felt in Temple's spring game with a couple big hits, capping off a strong five weeks that rocketed him to the top of the depth chart at cornerback, where he now remains. "I didn't expect (to start), I just wanted to play," Williams said.

Jared Williams made his presence felt in Temple's spring game with a couple big hits, capping off a strong five weeks that rocketed him to the top of the depth chart at cornerback.

Now, with Jamal Schulters and Daryl Robinson leaving the program this summer, Williams' hold on the cornerback position is stronger and his importance to the defensive backfield more acute.

"I didn't expect (to start), I just wanted to play," Williams said of his thought process before the spring. "I felt I had a good spring, but there's always more to learn. I talked to the coaches and they said I earned the job. Opportunities can happen at any time and it happened for me."

Coach Al Golden expressed confidence in his cornerback situation last week, despite losing half of his two-deep at the position.

"We're excited about Jared ... I like our corners, the guys who remain are team guys, low-maintenance guys," Golden said. "They want to win a championship. It's not about them.

"The one corner on the two-deep (Robinson) never played corner for us and practiced 15 times in the last two years. The other guy (Schulters) didn't really practice in the spring, so that's where it's going. They didn't think the bus was going to leave, but it left."

While Williams showed his physical side in the spring, he said it is still a developing part of his overall game.

"I'm working on it, trying to get better at it and trying to make that part of my game," Williams said. "As a corner, man coverage is my strength."

A 1,000-yard rusher as a high school junior and senior who scored 39 touchdowns his last two seasons at Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh, Williams dominated on defense as well, forcing seven turnovers his senior year. He spent a season at Arizona Western College before transferring to Temple where he redshirted in 2008, giving him sophomore eligibility this season.

"He's just another kid like Morris Blueford, Darius Morris and Vaughn Charlton who benefited greatly from a redshirt year," Golden said. "He's quick and he's starting to get himself into shape and starting to develop some mental toughness.

"Once you do that, you can concentrate on playing football."

Williams isn't concentrating on his quick ascent up the depth chart, but instead on what he can do to help the Owls' seniors reach a bowl game.

"It just motivates me to be out there, playing for my seniors and being the best I can be," Williams said. "(Safety) Dom (Harris) talks to me, helps me out. The pressure for me is for the seniors, to do my best for them."
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