COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina redshirt sophomore running back Ty’Son Williams knows his long wait is about to end.
In about five months, Williams will make his official debut for the Gamecocks. Last Saturday in the Garnet & Black Spring Game, he gave fan a preview of his ability, rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
“It felt good to get back in the swing of things after I had to sit out last year,” Williams said, “But overall, I’m just trying to get comfortable with the offense.”
Williams received rave reviews from everyone inside the South Carolina program since he arrived as a transfer from North Carolina last summer.
Coach Will Muschamp is among the most vocal.
“I thought (Williams) had a great spring camp,” Muschamp said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “I think that you see very similar running styles with him and Rico (Dowdle), one-cut, violent runner who is north and south with his pads. I thought he made two really nice runs, one on the goal line and one power play on the bounce out.
“He hasn’t played tackle football in a long time so we’re very pleased with his progress. He’s got a great work ethic and attitude and he’s a talented player.”
Sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley agreed.
“He’s a very explosive runner,” Bentley said. “He runs very angry. He’s a good complement to Rico. Both of those guys are special players. … They are both great players. And Ty’son is doing a great job.”
South Carolina strength
In 2015, his only season at North Carolina, Williams rushed 19 times for 57 yards in 6 games. His most extensive work was against Duke, when he had 10 carries for 31 yards.
Saturday’s spring game served as a reminder that Williams can make an impact. After all, he was the country’s No. 22 running back in the 2015 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
“That’s always important, to go out there and do the best you can,” Williams said. “But more importantly I just wanted to show the fans what I could do and show myself what I could do, go out there and play my game.”
Save for senior linebacker Skai Moore, there probably isn’t a player on the South Carolina roster who’s more excited about playing N.C. State on Sept. 2 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
The wait is almost over.
“It was very hard, but I think the thing that made it easier was my teammates always lifting me up,” Williams said. “I think that made the journey a lot easier.”