Thursday, October 13, 2005

SI's Midseason All-American -- Jimmy Williams

Not like it came as a surprise, but cornerback Jimmy Williams was chosen by CNNSI as part of their 2005 Midseason All-American Team, grabbing the honor as one of the nation's best defensive backs.

Williams has had a respectable year, but with being such a dominant cover guy, hasn't been thrown to very often. Opposing coaches design their passing offenses specifically to avoid him, thus accordingly he has recorded no interceptions on the season. However, in the few times he has been tested, Jimmy has held his ground, yet we all remember how he was beat in single coverage by Georgia Tech standout receiver Calvin Johnson, as well as giving up that touchdown to West Virginia tight end Mike Villagrana.

Despite those short comings, Jimmy brings to the table what most cornerbacks can't -- his size. If you've been watching the Tech games this season, you've been hearing this all year, as it headlines practically every discussion whenever commentators bring him up. At 6'3, 215 pounds, he still runs a 4.36 and has been stifling opposing receivers with his coverage every week. With being a converted safety, he also has the ability to hit just as well as he covers. We all saw those licks he put on the Wolfpack in the season opener; those kinds of hits coming from a corner are just unheard of.

With all the hype that has been circling him, it's going to be interesting how well Jimmy continues to do on the year, especially with a possible Rose Bowl berth on the horizon. With every play of every game being crucial in hopes of grasping that national title game appearance, I wouldn't be surprised to see our defensive secondary playmaker truly shine with the national spotlight focusing on his every move. If all goes well, come January Jimmy could be donned the defensive best back in America in addition to being a prime contributor on the number one team in the country.

All of this is just waiting to take place, and coincidentally, right before the NFL Draft in April. Who says timing isn't everything?

To take a look at the entire list, click here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jimmy is hands down the best cornerback in the nation. I hope to see him go next year as a top ten pick in the draft.

In the mean time, I hope to see him make some more big plays as Virginia Tech continues to win.

GO HOKIES!

Anonymous said...

Jimmy is hands down the best cornerback in the nation. I hope to see him go next year as a top ten pick in the draft.

In the mean time, I hope to see him make some more big plays as Virginia Tech continues to win.

GO HOKIES!

Anonymous said...

MR WILLIAMS IS THE BEST CONORBACK IN THE NATION ,I SAY HE IS JUST A NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION OF MYSELY.
JUST CALL ME {UNK}