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The Final Cockdown: #47, Drew Williams

South Carolina’s long snapper gets some long-overdue recognition.

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Drew Williams

Long Snapper

6’1", 201

Irmo, SC

Recruitment

Drew was the longsnapper at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, and wasn’t recruited out of high school. He chose to enroll at South Carolina and assumed long-snapping duties in punting situations his freshman year, in which he also earned an athletic scholarship.

College Career

Oftentimes an overlooked aspect of the game, the long snapper is an integral part of special teams. He has served as the long snapper for punts in each year he’s been on the team, and assumed field goal and place kicking snapping duties in 2015 as well. He also has three career solo tackles.

2016 Outlook

Consistency is the name of the game for Drew Williams, as he’s been very good the last three years, making it easy for one to expect more of the same in the upcoming season. The long snapper decides the fate of the play, as a good snap oftentimes results in a made FG or extra point, and a field-flipping punt. That being said, a bad snap can lead to a turnover and change the momentum of the game. That pressure isn’t highlighted as much as the pressure on a quarterback or a kicker, but having an experienced long snapper makes for smooth sailing for the entire special teams unit.

Potpourri

There could be another Williams brother joining South Carolina’s special team’s unit. Drew’s brother, Ford Williams, earned recognition as one of the best kickers in the nation last week. Since there is no clear successor to Elliot Fry, could this be the next man up in the storied lineage of South Carolina kickers?