Korey Williams: Ready to Lead

Korey Williams has had a big transition to go through this past year. He went from being a guy that was overshadowed by Gerald McGrath and Tokumbo Abanikanda to a guy that everyone is looking at to be the next big thing at USM.

He had limited playing time last year due to a broken jaw that held him out for eight games. In the five games that he did playing he totaled 24 tackles, 14 solo and ten assisted. Despite missing so much time in his first year with the Eagles, he enters this season as the most experienced linebacker on the team.

So far this spring, Korey feels ok about his performance, but still feels like he has a long way to go.

"I feel like I have been doing average, I think I started off pretty good, but the coaches look at me as one of the players that need to be at the highest level on defense" said the sophomore Linebacker "I'm not there yet, but I feel like I am on my way there."

Williams knows that with the departure of two big leaders on the defense (Abanikanda and McGrath) that he is going to have to step up and be the next leader for this squad.

"My biggest challenge is stepping up to be the leader of this defense, the coaches expect me to take over this defense and take control and be the one that keeps everything going" said Williams "Those two guys brought a lot to the locker room, but I feel like I can feel that void that they left."

Korey is very aware of the tradition that Southern Miss has for producing great linebackers and he hopes to keep the tradition going.

"That is my ultimate goal after winning the conference and getting to a BCS bowl, but that is my ultimate goal to be one of the next great linebackers at USM."

Aside from his leadership role, Williams is confident in his on the field abilities and thinks that he will bring a lot to the table next year.

"My on-the-field speed and strength is really good, but the only thing that I have to work on is staying low."

Williams feels like Southern Miss has the potential to be one of the best teams out there and he hopes to take the teams that they play this year and prove that.

"I'm looking forward to every conference game, but I am especially ready to get after those teams that are in the BCS conferences because I feel like sometimes we are overlooked, I mean, people know about us, but they don't take in to consideration that we work just as hard as they do."

The defense was struggling at the beginning of the year, but it seemed like they began to gel towards the end of the year and Korey thinks that the experience they got from last year will pay off.

"We have got a lot of guys that played last year, we have about eleven or twelve guys that started last year so I think that we know the defense much better."

Korey knows that he has the potential to be a great player for the Eagles and he hopes that he lives up to that potential.

"I set my personal goals after the team goals, but after the team goals I am trying to be an All American… Yeah, I want to be an All American linebacker."

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