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Jesse Williams is another junior college transfer from Arizona Western Community College. He left Arizona Western to join the Tide this year along with recently deceased offensive tackle, Aaron Douglas.
As both starting nose guards Josh Chapman and Nick Gentry will be leaving there has been some concern about who will replace them. They need a big-bodied strong-man and someone who can rush the passer. Or one that can do both.
Well, Williams can do both. He not only has the strength to defend the run, but the agility to rush the passer as well. Unlike ex-Tide player Terrance Cody, however, Williams has one heck of a motor and can play every down.
Rumor has it that his dedication in the weight room is rivaled only by Trent Richardson.
Williams joined the Tide weighing around 330 lbs. Since then it can be safely assumed he added some muscle mass under a real training coach, Scott Cochran. He now weighs under 320 lbs. Williams didn't have much of a gut to begin with, something rare of a 300-plus lb. defensive lineman.
Williams' transition to nose guard should be seamless. He's always had the physical talent, but with a year of SEC experience under the tutelage of the Tide's excellent new defensive line coach, Chris Rumph out of Clemson, he'll have all the tools necessary to succeed.
He will not be leaving a glaring void in his old left end position with Quinton Dial taking the reins.