As we continue our Penn State defensive player profiles, Trevor Williams is next up on the list. While the unit had their share of struggles last season, the secondary returns with a plethora of experience and talent. Williams will certainly have the opportunity to be a big player and help turn the secondary’s performance around.
While it is basically set that Bednarik Watch List corner, Jordan Lucas will hold down a starting cornerback job, the man joining him across the field is still up in the air. However, Williams should have the first crack at that position. The converted wide receiver started six games last season for the Nittany Lions, while seeing the field in all 12 contests.
The rising junior from Baltimore, MD contributed 24 tackles while picking off two passes last season. Williams experienced some growing pains in his first season as a defensive back, but he came up big in a few tough situations. The 6-1, 188-pounder recorded both of his interceptions in the 4th quarter of road wins (Syracuse, Wisconsin).
Williams ranked 11th in the Big Ten with 10 pass deflections and he should only get better with more experience and more playing time. The former 2-star recruit will play a big part on the Nittany Lions defense in 2014 providing a few big plays along the way.
I expect Williams to lock down the starting job for the entire 2014 season, pitching in around 35 tackles and hauling in 3 interceptions.