Jordan Williams looks like the latest portal gem for the Hokies. The talented defensive tackle should fill a missing personnel piece on defense, and bolster their interior numbers with Jarrod Hewitt’s somewhat surprising departure. Williams comes to Tech by way of Clemson. The Tigers’ defense under Brent Venables is a multiple-fit 4-2 that’s borrowed schemes and terminology from just about every successful defense out there. There’s a heavy Saban influence to it, right down to wholesale lifting of Saban terminology, so if you think about it that way, it’s got some similarities to how Tech’s current defense is a blend of Bud Foster’s 4-2 and the Saban schemes Justin Hamilton picked up in the NFL.
Williams stands out in games even before the snap because he plays almost out of a frog-squat stance with low hips and his arms angled slightly back. He played between the tackles when Clemson was in a four-man line, and when they went to an odd front like Okie, Tite, or Bear, he played a true zero-tech nose. That makes a heckuvalotta sense, given he’s listed at 6’4, 310. The thing that really gets...
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