Friday, July 26, 2013
Aggie Snapshot: DL Alonzo Williams
By Sam Khan Jr.
During the summer, GigEmNation will take a closer look at returning starters and other key players on the two-deep for Texas A&M -- excluding the Aggies' 2013 recruiting class -- that could make notable impact this fall in our Aggie Snapshot series. Starting with No. 1 De'Vante Harris, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 95 Julien Obioha.
From No. 1 De'Vante Harris to No. 95 Julien Obioha, GigEmNation is evaluating the Texas A&M two-deep numerically. View the entire Aggie Snapshot series.
Impact thus far: Williams entered the lineup midway through last season in a reserve role and played seven games for the Aggies as a true freshman. He made his first start in the AT&T Cotton Bowl in place of an injured Julien Obioha at defensive end. He finished the year with five tackles and a quarterback hurry.
Expectations for 2013: This fall, Williams projects to be a starter on the defensive line. He enters fall practice listed as a starting defensive tackle on the depth chart, next to returning starter Kirby Ennis in the Aggies' 4-3 alignment. His contributions figure to go up significantly this fall.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Getting some experience last season, including a chance to start against a talented Big 12 team, was valuable for Williams. If he can build on that this fall and start every game and show some consistency when it comes to stopping the run or rushing the passer when necessary, it will go a long way toward helping the young Aggies' front seven.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: At 6-foot-4, 280, Williams has benefited from the Aggies' strength and conditioning program, getting himself to the type of size the Aggies need, but he'll still be a sophomore starting in the SEC, a line of scrimmage league. The transition to playing full time against the caliber of offensive linemen he'll face isn't easy.
Future impact: Williams is setting himself up to be a potential three-year starter for the Aggies. He entered the lineup last season in part because of need but also showed quick enough progress to be trusted on the field by the coaches. Williams will be relied upon to have an impact this season and be a solid tandem with Ennis on the interior of the defensive line.