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Connor Williams named one of the best freshmen in the nation by PFF


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Pro Football Focus released an article about the 8 best freshmen thus far in college football.  Longhorn Freshman Connor Williams was named to that group after an impressive start at Left Tackle for Texas in their first 3 games.  Here's the portion they had about Williams.

 

 

Connor Williams, OT, Texas

While the Texas offensive line has struggled, Williams has stepped in and posted the only positive grade at +3.1. He’s had 94 attempts in pass protection while surrendering only two hurries for an impressive+3.8 pass blocking grade. He had some struggles in the run game against Cal, but it’s been a great start for the true freshman.

 

Tremendous honor for Connor and a sign that the Texas O-line woes could be getting better.  When we viewed Williams after his commitment we were very bullish on his talent, but anyone who has skills evaluating players could see it.  Here's what we wrote right after he committed.

 

Final Verdict:
This is a huge pickup for Texas and could wind up being the jewel of the offensive line class. Wiliams is the classic case of a lower ranked prospect with a high ranked offer list. Joe Wickline has to be excited to be getting a guy with this much athleticism. Williams will need a redshirt season to put on weight and learn the finer points of the position, but the sky is the limit with this kid. He has the type of frame and athletic ability usually reserved for first round draft picks. That level is a long way from where he is today, but he has every opportunity to reach it.

 

Obviously he reached the field much faster than I expected but his athleticism and technique is taking him places.

 

 

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