Scratch a South Carolina fan, and you’ll find someone who thinks the ‘Cocks have Georgia right where they want them in week two, ’cause, doncha know, Georgia’s got so much to replace and it’s early, etc.
If they didn’t have to do it, they probably wouldn’t. Putting a guy who has to stretch to be 5-foot-8 at the last line of defense is asking for trouble.
But South Carolina’s coaches trust Jamyest Williams, just like they did during his recruitment when home-state Georgia swooped in with late coos and promises. Williams stayed committed, Will Muschamp had his first big-time recruit and Williams played well as a freshman last year, collecting 38 tackles and two interceptions while primarily playing nickel.
It’s a good spot for Williams, but the Gamecocks are desperately in need of experience after losing three starters in the secondary.
So Williams, who missed the Outback Bowl and all of spring practice recovering from shoulder surgery, will head to safety this year.
I know Williams is a talented kid. I know Georgia recruited Williams hard, too. But when sticking a 5’8″ kid at safety is a matter of necessity, well, let’s just say I expect Jim Chaney to do a fair amount of testing the Carolina secondary.