5 questions with Andrew Williams

"I have great character, I'm real humble, I always stay focused and I'm always willing to learn. I try to stay out of trouble and do everything on the field."

Q: Can you describe what your role was last year at the University of Miami?

Williams: Basically, to put pressure on the quarterback and also be able to handle the run. I had a couple of assignments where I stood up linebacker. Mainly, it was a 4-3 defense and one-gap. Every now and then we could take a chance and go inside, or just play regular.

Q: What makes Andrew Williams a high-caliber player?

Williams: I have great character, I'm real humble, I always stay focused and I'm always willing to learn. I try to stay out of trouble and do everything on the field.

Q: What was your reaction to not starting as a senior?

Williams: It mattered, but trying to win championships, you can't let stuff like that get to you. You have to play the role that you have and go with the flow. You can't hold a grudge. We had a bunch of great guys, and the rotation was good. We had four guys who could go anywhere and play in that rotation. It was kind of hard at Miami to play every down.

Q: Do you see your role as a rookie being predominantly a third-down rusher?

Williams: It wouldn't be up to my perspective to be a one-down guy. But right now, I'm just going to come in and play the role that the coaches give me. If it comes to being that type of player, then hopefully it works out. If not, then I'll be willing to play that role on situational downs.

Q: Is there any lingering problems with the knee injury you sustained before your senior season?

Williams: It really wasn't as bad as people said it was. After my [arthroscopic surgery] I sat out, and I healed up. Of course, I wasn't 100 percent as first, but by the fourth or fifth game I was really 100 percent. I felt great the whole season. I'm not having any problems with it now.


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