Kellen Williams Changes Position
Kellen Williams
Asst. Regional Manager
Posted Aug 29, 2008


Kellen Williams, Scout.com three-star offensive tackle from Snellville-Brookwood, (Ga.), has moved to a new position to start the year. Williams talked of the first game of the season and predicts the Alabama-Clemson game.



“We lost to Walton 14-9 Saturday at the Georgia Dome,” said Kellen Williams. “We were real disappointed. We run the ball about 90-percent of the time, and Walton held us to about 150 yards rushing.”

“We have a bye week this week, but play North Gwinnet at home next week. We haven’t beaten them in the last two years. They beat us twice last year. Hopefully we can catch them by surprise after their game with Byrnes, (S.C.)."

Williams talked about his overall performance and switching from offensive tackle to guard.

“I honestly talked to my parents and position coach about the game," he stated. "I felt like I played one of the best games I have ever played. I messed up on a couple of assignments, but that’s what is going to happen when moving to a new position."

"I had about four or five pancake blocks. My pass protection was really good. I got to the linebackers really good. Overall my pass protection has improved great lately. It’s one of my strengths now."

“Guard is a lot more physical than tackle. I realized that on Sunday morning. A lot bigger guys playing defensive tackle than defensive end. It’s harder to pancake a 270-pound defensive tackle. I’m showcasing my talents, my pulling ability. I am trying to give the guys on our team pointers.”

“I am really into this program. It’s like Alabama. They pride itself in tradition. Our offensive line is always a dominant force. Hopefully, we can give these guys motivation to beat North Gwinnet.”

The Alabama coaching staff has not specified a line position, but guard is certainly a strong possibility for the class of 2009 member.

“I haven’t really talked to the Alabama coaches on the phone," Williams said. "I left them a couple of voicemails about me switching positions. I think overall that is what coach [Joe] Pendry had in mind."

"I am glad my coaches gave me the opportunity to play. Getting to know two positions is an advantage.”

Alabama opens their season Saturday night at the Georgia Dome against Clemson, and Williams plans to attend.

“I think Alabama has some of the greatest coaches in the SEC," he said. "They are going to surprise Clemson. I know I am going to be there. I talked to William Ming, and we are going to meet up there. I think Alabama fans are going to come out and be very supportive."

“I think it’s going to be Crimson Tide all over the Georgia Dome. Hopefully, more Alabama fans than Clemson fans. I know Clemson has [James] Davis and [C.J.] Spiller, but I am thinking with our defense and coach Smart we will be able to stop them."

"I am going with a 34-17 prediction for 'Bama.”


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