August 14, 2007

Wannstedt praises Williams

On the third day of full contact drills, Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt began his press briefing by praising the efforts of players who stood out to him. Fresh off the practice field, LeSean McCoy's name once again came to mind. McCoy once again dazzled coaches, teammates and other spectators on Monday afternoon. The next name Wannstedt mentioned wasn't a skilled player, but was a pleasant surprise.

"The other guy, who we didn't talk too much as far as being in the mix with that defensive line, and has practiced as well as anyone over the last two days, is Mick Williams," Wannstedt said. "He has had a very good couple of days on the defensive line. Mick is back, and he is explosive. He can run."

Williams getting praise from Wannstedt is certainly well earned. He was part of Wannstedt's first recruiting class, coming to the Panthers from nearby Monessen. He was a successful career for the Greyhounds where he was a fullback and linebacker. As a senior, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and was a first-team all-state selection at linebacker. He committed to Pitt, where he redshirted in 2005.

Last season, he got off to a good start in camp, and played in the defensive line rotation in the first three games. He suffered a left shoulder injury and missed the remaining nine games. Playmaking ability and work ethic are never a question for Williams. While he has had a couple minor setbacks injury wise, the chance for him to contribute to the line increases each time he steps on the field.

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