Early WSU enrollment for CB with size, speed

IN MOST CASES, a player standing 6-foot-2 doesn't have the hips nor the quicks to play college cornerback. But Brian Williams (6-2, 190, 4.4) is not your average player. The Long Beach City College transfer completed his final JC class earlier this month and like Markus Dawes, he'll be getting a head start on both school and voluntary summer conditioning by enrolling early at Washington State.

Williams begins summer classes at WSU on June 19. He'll also be participating in the summer's voluntary workouts and for a cornerback, that means plenty of work in skelly.

"Skelly", short for skeleton, is a 7-on-7 game simulation drill without pads or linemen. For a defense, coverage responsibilities and building trust within the unit begins here. Given Washington State's cornerback situation, one secondary coach Ken Greene expressed dissatisfaction with following the spring session, it's the first step for Williams in his quest to earn playing time.

"If I get in there and do my job well, I think I have a shot," said Williams.

Jerry Jaso, head man at LBCC, says Williams has the skills to step in at Washington State. He said he also has the speed, and in particular, the make up speed to be a solid corner in the Pac-10.

"He's a legit 4.4 guy -- he's not one of those dot com 4.4 guys," says Jaso. "He has good feet, he's able to turn his hips and go. And he can really run."

WILLIAMS SPENT THE spring running track in addition to completing his AA degree, helping his 200 and 400 relay teams to silver and bronze finishes in the recent JC state championships.

"It was fun but it feels good to get done with track and get back to football," said Williams.

AS A SOPHOMORE at LBCC, Williams logged 48 tackles (30 solo), including a sack and three tackles for loss. He racked up double digit pass breakups and picked off two passes plus a fumble recovery. He also added 615 return yards on 20 kickoff returns.

"He's got great catch up speed, he can really turn and run," says Jaso. "He elevates well and at 6-foot-2, and he's a legit 6-2, he's got the height everyone is looking for. He'll hit you. He's not a really big guy but he'll put his nose in there. He just has good instincts, he's a good cover guy."

WILLIAMS SIGNED WITH the Cougs in February over offers from Brigham Young, Hawaii and TCU. The Las Vegas native has two to play two at Washington State. He was a full qualifier out of Desert Pines High, graduating with a 3.4 GPA.

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