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Video of Alabama’s Australian Jesse Williams talking football

It’s still early, but Jesse Williams is establishing himself as a possible replacement for Greg McElroy — the former media room all-star.

Take a look at today’s mass interview when he talks about everything from having a former teammate playing for North Texas, American’s poor Australian accent, surfing and much more.

 


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Saban talks Jesse Williams, boomerangs, QBs, weather, more

Here are a few more highlights from Nick Saban’s news conference Wednesday besides this rant.

Here he talks about Jesse Williams progress, his Australian family, the quarterbacks, preparing for the weather and noise at Penn State and its fundamental strength.


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Aussie, Brit add foreign flavor to big game

Jesse Williams (54) hits the Kent State QB (Decatur Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.)

It took less than a minute of Jack Crawford’s Wednesday teleconference with reporters for me to change plans for today’s print story.

The British accent was the last thing you’d expect from a big time defensive end at Penn State, but would have expected Alabama would have an Australian playing the same position.

Saturday’s game between the Crimson Tide and Nittany Lions will feature a few All-Americans, but the two foreigners were the topic of today’s story:

TUSCALOOSA — The dialect of central Pennsylvania isn’t quite as discernible as that of the Deep South.

It’s more subtle as the Northeast slowly fades into the Midwest.

But two words into any Jack Crawford sentence blows his cover. The Penn State defensive end certainly isn’t from those parts.

His British accent is the giveaway, but it’s not quite as alien as the Australian tone in the voice of his Alabama counterpart, Jesse Williams.

Sure, the meeting of Alabama and Penn State in State College, Pa., is about as American as a sporting event gets, but Crawford and Williams add a little extra flavor to the apple pie and ice cream Saturday afternoon.

For starting defensive ends at two of the proudest college football empires nationally, the pair got a predictably late start in the sport.

“I can’t imagine what it’s like, because I’ve never experienced it,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “I started playing football when I was 10 years old.”

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Watch the video below of Williams from signing day if you’d like that taste of his Australian accent.

 


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Video of Jesse Williams, Quinton Dial practicing

The two JUCO transfers on the defensive line have a serious shot at making an impact this season. Take a look at Jesse Williams (54) and Quinton Dial (90) drilling at Monday morning’s practice. More video is coming your way.

 


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Read the view of ‘Bama football in Australian newspaper

I’ve always been a fan of reading stories from an outside source on a local issue. This one is from another stratosphere.

The Brisbane Times — the one in Australia — wrote about hometown hero Jesse William’s path to the defensive line at Alabama. Here’s some flavor:

Williams himself has been overwhelmed by the amount of fan support he’s received since moving to the city to play for the University of Alabama’s football team, the Crimson Tide.

At just 93,000 residents Tuscaloosa is one 20th the size of Brisbane. Incredibly, the university’s Bryant–Denny Stadium holds more people than officially live in the city – 101,821.

The obsession with football is so great Williams admits it is hard for him to go anywhere without being noticed – or a Crocodile Dundee joke passing his way.

Click here and read the entire story.

For another story on a local topic from an outside newspaper, read this take on SEC Media Days from the L.A. Times. It makes some valid points on the absurdity of the event.


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Video of Australian Jesse Williams hitting sled

Here’s a quick exhibit of the power junior college transfer Jesse Williams brings to the offensive line. He hits the sled along side fellow JUCO transfer Quinton Dial.

On a side note, I spoke with a reporter from an Australian television station in town to do a story about Williams. More on that later.

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Video of Alabama defensive line practicing

Here is a look at defensive line coach Chris Rumph running his group through some drills Wednesday afternoon. If you’re looking for the new guys, Jesse Williams wears No. 54 and Quinton Dial is No. 90.

 

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Barron practices, a few other spring practice notes

Video is coming soon of the first spring practice of the year. There were a few new faces and a lot more older ones. Here are the quick first impressions.

  • Mark Barron was on the field with the defensive backs a day after his arrest in Mobile. He was wearing a block non-contact jersey and didn’t appear to be doing a whole lot after tearing his pectoral in November.
  • With three new assistant coaches, the first few periods looked a lot different than in the past. Linebackers coach Sal Sunseri jumped on new defensive line coach Chris Rumph when the two units got too close to each other during the media viewing period.
  • It’s hard to make inferences from the first practice of the spring, but the JUCO transfers were playing a few different places. Defensive lineman Jesse Williams was at end during the drills and offensive lineman Aaron Douglas appeared to be drilling at a few different spots.
  • There was a huge group of media on hand with a bunch of faces I didn’t recognize. It’s football season again in Alabama, but when does it really end?

Video coming soon.

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Tide signs three JUCO linemen

The incoming class of 2011 got a head start this week as Alabama signed three junior college players.

The school made it official today when it announced the addition of defensive linemen Quinton Dial and Jesse Williams along with offensive lineman Aaron Douglas.

Douglas was formerly a freshman All-American at Tennessee before transferring to Arizona Western Community College where he played with Williams — the top-ranked JUCO player according to both Rivals and Scout.

Nick Saban was only able to confirm the signing of Dial on Thursday. Here’s what he had to say about the 6-5, 310-pounder.

“He’s got some potential to be a defensive lineman which is an area where we could use some big, strong guys,” Saban said. “But we just have to see how he develops.”

Read more Saturday.