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South Carolina Gamecocks football 2014 roster preview: No. 12, Brison Williams

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Senior safety/corner will be looked to for leadership.

Brison Williams
Senior strong safety/cornerback
5'11'' / 208 lbs
Warner Robbins, GA

Recruitment:
Williams was a consensus three-star recruit when he signed the Gamecocks in 2010. He spent fall of  that year at Fork Union and joined the Gamecocks in spring 2011.

College career:
As a true freshman, Williams didn't play early in 2011 due to injury, but he began getting playing time later that year. He got his first start against Florida, when he filled in for an injured DeVonte Holloman.

With Holloman moved over to spur in 2012, Williams became the team's starting strong safety. He had a good year in that role, in particular shining with a team-high seven tackles and a good job in coverage in the big win over Georgia. His most memorable play of the season came against Clemson, when he shut down a fourth-quarter Tigers drive with this interception of Tajh Boyd:


Williams played both strong and free safety in 2013, again featuring as one of the Gamecocks' top performers on defense.

2014 outlook:
Although he has played strong safety for most of his career and has been considered by some pundits as a likely All-SEC projection at the position, the Gamecocks' depth at safety and lack of reliable performers at corner is likely to dictate that Williams will play all or most of 2014 at corner. Although at 5'11'' / 208 lbs he's a bit stockier than your prototypical corner, he performed well in this role in the spring. The coaches feel comfortable with him at corner, at least more comfortable than they do with other options. In any event, Brison is the defender with the most experience on the roster, and he'll be looked to for leadership this season.

Trivia:
Brison is a Tiger-killer. Two of his three career interceptions have come against Clemson.