It’s The Final Cockdown’s Running Backs week! We go down the depth chart and take a look at who will have a shot at carrying the ball out of the backfield in 2017. If you missed Rico Dowdle or AJ Turner, here’s their links below with a preview of what’s to come this week:
Rico Dowdle | AJ Turner | Ty’son Williams | Mon Denson | Caleb Kinlaw | CJ Freeman
#27 Ty’son Williams
RS Sophomore / 6’ / 209 / Sumter, SC / Crestwood
The last real memory fans of the South Carolina Gamecocks have of Williams pre-2017 was when he spurned the in-state program for North Carolina out of high school in 2015, despite 247’s Crystal Ball putting the Gamecocks the favorite for his commitment.
However Williams time at North Carolina did not go as planned. Set to be stuck behind future NFLers Elijah Hood and TJ Logan, Williams went back home and sat out the 2016 season. According to Gamcocksonline.com, Williams “impressed the coaches with his work ethic and ability despite not being eligible to play... shared the coaches' Offensive Scout Team Award with Sadarius Hutcherson.”
Then comes the 2017 spring game where Williams rushed for 83 yards on 11 carries with another three catches for 30 yards. All of a sudden the No. 1 running back spot became a little more interesting, and at the very least the rotation got a little deeper for the Gamecocks this fall.
Williams’ 2015 stats: 19 carries, 57 yards, 0 TD’s at North Carolina.
Recruitment: Four-star recruit; Wisconsin, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Florida State. He committed to North Carolina on July 29, 2014 than announced his transfer to South Carolina on June 1, 2016.
Selected highlight: There isn’t much to go off of since Williams’ playing time has been so scarce, so here’s a nice touchdown from the spring game.
Up next: Another potential backup that is so much more.