COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina coaches have tapped senior linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams to help generate a more reliable pass rush.
Though Allen-Williams has 7 quarterback hurries and 2.5 sacks during his career at South Carolina, coach Will Muschamp believes he’ll help pick up the slack for Darius English, who had a team-high 9 sacks last season.
“Bryson Allen-Williams is a guy we got to continue to expose his skill set, let him get in the pass rush more,” Muschamp said, during SEC Media Days. “I think that will help us, especially with some of the space teams that we play.”
Allen-Williams began cross-training at multiple positions in the latter half of spring practice. Early on, he worked primarily as a weakside linebacker. Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson later moved Allen-Williams to the ‘Buck’ spot, a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end position.
Robinson likes Allen-Williams’ versatility, when it comes to lining up on the edge, whether it’s with his hand on the ground or standing up.
“He’s a guy that can do both. He’s done both in college,” Robinson said. “It doesn’t matter – however he feels comfortable. Right now, he feels comfortable doing both, so however he gets to the quarterback, we want him to get there.”
The cross-training resumed earlier this week when the Gamecocks opened preseason camp.
“They want to move me around and get me in a lot of different situations, a lot of different scenarios, to help us win games,” Allen-Williams said.
To help gear up for the move, he spent a portion of his summer refining his technique as a pass rusher. The 6-foot, 230-pound senior hopes at least one element of his game will make life difficult on opposing offensive tackles.
“Beating guys with speed,” Allen-Williams said. “In the offseason, working with some coaches on certain things, some of my old high school coaches, learning how to actually pass rush again, breaking me all the way down and actually working my technique, actually learning how to be a successful pass rusher.
“I think that’s going to help me out a lot this season. I’m excited.”