Ohio State '20 CA LB (RS SR) - Kourt Williams

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    LB/DB Kourt Williams
    The buzz about the Bullet that overwhelmed last offseason wound up fizzling out by the time games actually started, though that was actually just a tribute to Pete Werner’s versatility since Ohio State never needed to designate a hybrid defender when he could do everything it needed. But it will eventually get ramped back up again at some point, and Kourt Williams has that same kind of athleticism, maturity and positional flexibility to eventually become a star for the Buckeyes. The early enrollee wasn’t likely to leap into the lineup this year given the veteran options on hand, but the evidence of his head start probably would have shown up at some point on Saturday.

     
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    KOURT WILLIAMS, S/LB
    Another versatile player who has the potential to end up in multiple spots on Ohio State’s defense, Williams is a prime candidate to push for immediate playing time on special teams, even though he isn’t likely to see substantial playing time on defense as a true freshman.

    His ability to play both safety and linebacker should translate well to a role on coverage units where players from those positions are often staples, and he’s drawn high praise for his maturity from Day – who said he’ll be surprised if Williams isn’t a captain during his time as a Buckeye – which should only improve his chances of getting on the field early.

     
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    LB/DB Kourt Williams
    Williams could be the perfect athlete for Ohio State’s fabled Bullet position, making him a prime candidate to play on special teams before making the jump to the defense. A quick hybrid defender, Williams showed versatility on the field and leadership off the field. His work ethic will land him on one of the special teams units, too. Ohio State seems to have a loaded linebacker room and plenty of depth across the defense, so special teams is a good place for Williams. He might just become one of the stars of the unit.
     
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    SAFETY KOURT WILLIAMS
    Kourt WIlliams committed to an Ohio State team that played a unique position called the "bullet," which was a hybrid between safety and linebacker.

    Williams could and would thrive in that role, but the bullet position that was expected to come with the new defensive coaching staff never came last season, as the Buckeyes played mostly with a traditional three-linebacker look and a secondary comprised of three corners and a single-high safety.

    That changeup never deterred Williams, who has an opportunity to get onto the field after the Buckeyes lost three starters in their secondary from a season ago.

    “Whatever happens, happens,” Williams said this offseason. “If I play safety, linebacker, it doesn't really matter. I just want to play. I just want to get on the field.”

    His combination of coverage skills and his ability to step up and support the run give Ohio State's defense a lot of flexibility. He's an intriguing option as a reserve and has the skillset to step up if a starter goes down.
     
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    S/LB KOURT WILLIAMS
    Williams certainly appeared to be on track to play as a freshman. He joined Smith-Njigba as one of the first two members of the 2020 class to lose his black stripe and was singled out early in preseason camp by Day as “someone to keep an eye on.” His first season ended before it began, however, when he tore his ACL.

    How quickly Williams recovers from that injury could determine how much playing time he sees in 2021. If he can get back to full speed by fall camp and perform as well in practice as he apparently did before his injury last year, he has the potential to be a difference-maker at either safety or Sam linebacker, offering a versatile skill set that could be valuable to a defense that lost a lot at linebacker and needs to improve against the pass.
     
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    DB Kourt Williams
    Kourt Williams had plans of making an impact during his freshman season. Those plans were derailed when Williams tore his ACL in October during preseason camp. Now after a year with the program and months into his rehabilitation, Williams is on track to begin his playing career at Ohio State this season. Williams may not be fully ready to go for the onset of spring practice, but when he finds his spot in the defense post-injury, he’ll be ready to showcase what made him such a coveted recruit for the Buckeyes in the 2020 class.
     
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    Ryan Day says Cameron Brown and Kourt Williams are still working their way back from their injuries last fall and will not participate in any contact drills this spring.
     
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