Nick Saban wants one Alabama defender to be an “every down” player
Alabama’s dominant defense has produced several stars this season, perhaps none more surprising than pass-rushing linebacker Tim Williams.
The junior entered 2015 with 1.5 career sacks, but he’s racked up 9.5 this season while earning high praise from NFL experts. In early December, Pro Football Focus stated that Williams had a season “pass rush productivity of 30.9, by far the highest in the nation of any rusher with at least 100 attempts.”
Monday night, coach Nick Saban said he doesn’t want Williams to leave the field next year.
“I think the goal with Tim is that he plays every down,” Saban said. “I think that, in Tim’s case, he’s gotta learn how to play outside backer and understand pass coverage concepts. When he drops, I’d say that’s the biggest thing that he has to develop.”
The coach is confident his pass rusher can become well-rounded because Williams has been such a quick learner this season.
“I think the way he’s developed in other areas, that’s something that we certainly have great hope for.” Saban said, “That he’ll be able to do in the next year so he can become an every-down player for us.”