Kourt Williams is putting his freshman year in the past and is ready to make his mark this season as a member of the Ohio State defense.
Coming from one of the nation’s top high school programs, St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California, it was possible that Williams could have been a key contributor for the Silver Bullets last year. Unfortunately, tearing his ACL and having a season-ending injury set him back for a year physically and mentally.
This year Williams has his sights set on having a breakout season and his teammates have taken notice of his diligence and seriousness in training camp.
“Physically he’s just dominant. He’s just a big body,” senior safety Josh Proctor said. “He’s always in the right spot. He doesn’t make wrong calls. He stays in here all the time, in the film room, getting treatment and just making sure his body is right.”
Williams is expected to play a hybrid mix between a safety and linebacker – i.e., the bullet position. It requires the ability to cover receivers like a defensive back and tackle ball carriers like a linebacker.
It’s no small task.
“You’ve just got to be versatile,” Williams said of the demands. “You’ve got to be able to do everything. Everything.”
After not playing football for over 10 months, getting back out on the football field isn’t an easy thing at all. That is where the mental reps and the focus on the film comes into play for Williams.
As he looks past last year’s injury, determination has never been higher for Williams. He called watching films one of his “hobbies” when he has downtime and is always looking to get better mentally.
Also complimenting his poise and work ethic is Craig Young, who is also looking to play the bullet position this year.
“He’s going to be the best, probably, in the Big Ten one day,” Young said. “He’s coming, but he’s coming quick. He’s not far behind. Kourt Williams is definitely going to be alright. He’s a warrior, a true warrior.”
The injury has increased his commitment to this season and Williams is ready to help make an impact wherever it is needed. He has not played a down for the Buckeyes yet but has been receiving high praise from current teammates and current coaches alike.
He still does ice the knee as a precaution after practice to rest it and prevent any inflammation.
When asked who was the hardest worker on the team, head coach Ryan Day had a pretty quick answer.
“A good portion of our team would say Kourt Williams,” Day said.
Williams comes into the facility at 5:30 in the morning and is staying until late at night to catch up on rehab and film studies.
Everyone seems to be impressed with what the redshirt freshman has done since his injury and they love the impact he is having on his teammates.
Playing time is still a question mark for Kourt Williams, but there isn’t much question that when his opportunity finally comes, he’ll make the absolute most of it.