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