Jesse Williams moves ahead as man in middle (with video)

This is a day late, but still completely relevant. Take a read over my Sunday football profile on Jesse Williams — easily the most recognizable person in Tuscaloosa not named Saban. (Video from March 21 practice)

TUSCALOOSA — It’s hard to deny the novelty of a foreign-born football player succeeding at Alabama. For a year, Australian defensive lineman Jesse Williams fielded countless questions on the topic.

It’s time to move on now. He’s angling for a new calling card.

The rising senior is making moves this spring in the race to replace Josh Chapman as the nose guard anchoring the Crimson Tide defensive line. After one season at end, the former top junior college recruit is working with the first team at the new position.

That doesn’t mean mimicking everything his predecessor did.

“We have two different body types,” said Williams, listed at 6-4, 319 pounds. “I’m just going to try to do it the best I can to fit my body. Run around and fit blocks and do the best I can. I can’t really compare myself to Josh. We’re two different kind of players.”

Click here to read the full story from yesterday’s paper.


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