As South Carolina looks for answers across the board at offensive skill positions, Will Muschamp didn’t hold back Wednesday in describing what it will take for running back David Williams to become a solid running back.
“Everyday consistency,” Muschamp said. “The guy has got some ability, but it’s hard when you’ve gotta challenge somebody every single day, every single day at practice and every meeting. It gets tiring for coaches.
“I asked him the other day, ‘What have you accomplished since you’ve been here?’”
The junior running back from Philadelphia has yet to make the splash expected of him as a highly regarded recruit. From what Muschamp described, it comes back to not being self-motivated and needing to light a fire in himself instead of it coming from somewhere else.
Williams ran for 299 yards on 86 carries last season without a touchdown after rushing 45 times for 256 yards and two touchdowns in 2014.
So far this fall camp, which is just two days in, Williams has been getting first-team reps. Co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper also said redshirt freshman A.J. Turner, junior Rod Talley and Darius Paulk have been getting first-team opportunities.
“We have been moving people around,” Roper said. “I think that’s a position that utilizes a lot of people in practice to stay fresh because of the effort we ask them to give to finish and things like that. David has gotten a lot of reps, but we’ve rotated a bunch of guys around.”
As for Williams’ answer to what he has accomplished so far, he couldn’t offer up a response.
“I didn’t get a response,” Muschamp said. “Next question.”
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