Nebraska senior defensive tackle Kevin Williams recently scolded local media at the team’s practice facility over his being labeled as a backup as of late. Dan Hoppen of HuskerOnline.com, part of Rivals, reported the story.
“I’m not a backup,” Williams said. “I haven’t been a backup since my redshirt freshman year, so I’d appreciate it if you guys didn’t publish that or put it out there. I am not a backup, OK? I’ve been hurt twice and that set me back, but I have never been a backup. Just to get that straight – I don’t want my name out there any more unless you have something good to say and you’ve got me in there as the No. 1 spot.
“I am not a backup and I have not been one since my redshirt freshman year. That’s all I’ve got to say, and I won’t do any more interviews until you get that right.”
Those are certainly odd remarks from Williams, a former four-star recruit out of Ohio’s Springfield Local High School, near Toledo, as he has only started two games in his time with Nebraska. This can be chalked up to him having torn his ACL twice and suffered a number of other injuries on top of that. In fifteen games played, Williams has 23 tackles (6.5 for a loss) and three sacks.
Thus, it seems like his quote to the media is just his way of motivating himself to be a better and stronger player who can be on the field more and on the trainer’s table less. Just what his role in 2015 will be remains to be seen, but Williams appears as driven as ever and will hopefully work hard enough in practice that he earns a starting job in 2015.
Nebraska opens the season at home against BYU on September 5.
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