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HCA: True freshman emerges in WSU secondary

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Kedron Williams is now Hunter Dale’s backup at the nickel.

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The Washington State Cougars’ secondary has been one of the nice stories of the early season with its surprising effectiveness. San Jose State Spartans head coach Brent Brennen went as far as to say that the backfield had four potential NFL players.

Another surprise of the young season has been the emergence of true freshman Kedron Williams, who has come seemingly out of nowhere. There was a lot of talk in fall camp about Halid Djibril, Tyrese Ross and Patrick Nunn as being potential contributors in the secondary as true freshman, but Williams has leap-frogged them all. In fact, I don’t recall hearing hearing Williams’ name mentioned during early practices. Despite that, he was the first true freshman to play in this class (that didn’t enroll early in the spring) with his participation against San Jose State on Saturday night.

Williams was an early commit last May to former outside linebackers coach Roy Manning who has since decamped to UCLA. The 6-foot, 190 pound Williams was a high school linebacker who was prized for his coverage skills. This makes him a perfect fit for the hybrid nickel position. Boston College was his only other offer out of high school. Once again Mike Leach and company have shown an excellent eye for undervalued talent that fits their system. I am starting to think Leach wasn’t blowing smoke when he said this was his best recruiting class when even sleepers like Williams are cracking the two deep.

Is Williams poised to be the next great WSU nickel back a la Shalom Luani and Hunter Dale? Only time will tell.

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