Last week Quinnes Williams clicked something. Alabama trained for the Orange Bowl, and it was one of those moments of the light bulb.
With Oklahoma's top offensive deck on deck Saturday night, this is the moment of the Birmingham student.
"I can really set a tone for the team and really set a tone for defense in general because I feel that I'm leading the defense," Williams said in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. "As if everyone looks up to me because I'm a superstar or something like that. But I feel that if I do everything right, the defense will be. When I turn on, they're all on. "
That's not a thrill. He did not say it like he was bragging.
This was a breakout season unlike any other for a player who had seen little in the past year to become a first round. Williams won the Outland Trophy and later achieved unanimous All-American status.
There was concern over the center of Alabama's defensive line when Da & Ron Payne Pro and Williams were more than filled. He was a rare Heisman Trophy stoop to the defensive line position. Last week everything had come together in Tuscaloosa.
"I think it was in preparation just last week," Williams said. "Only I get all the attention, the awards and such, I can not just use it for my benefits and my personal stuff, I really have to make sure everyone knows it's because of you, I'm in this place now because They are all. "
He went on to blame all of the teammates who contributed to him. Get on the national scene to be one of the best defensive players.
" So I just let them know or I make sure I do my job and I do not get complacent or I do not get cocky, "said Williams," and I do not take it all for myself and I'm selfish. "This award is for the team Because of me, the best defensive line leader in the country team. "
The other squad they'll face on Saturday is no different from the first 1
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In your mind I like first: & # 39; I have to make sure I stay in my lane. I need to make sure I do that, "Williams said," but the same pass-rush will be the same, because you do not want to change your game to compliment … "
The Wenonah High School degree insists that he is ready to deal with Murray in the open field when it comes to that. Alabama's defense is working on this exercise every day, he said.
And these 49.5 points, which represents the Sooners average, Williams does not want to consider for Saturday night.
"I want to exclude her. I do not know what's reasonable. I just want to exclude her. In my dominant trait, I want to exclude them. Any insult we are against – Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, ACC – we all want to eliminate the competitive defense we have. It can not happen, it can happen. But we go into the game to shut them out and to dominate. That's anyone, anyone.
Michael Casagrande is an Alabama Beat author for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook .