Veteran Safety Cameron Williams Reportedly Will Redshirt for Huskies
Safety Cameron Williams was absent from the University of Washington’s previous two football games. This report was first reported by Mike Vorel in the Seattle Times and confirmed elsewhere.
According to a school official, the defensive back is not on Husky’s Arizona State travel squad.
Williams is one of a few veteran players who saw his playing time drop after the coaching change from Jimmy Lake, to Kalen DeBoer.
A year ago, Williams was a defensive hero for the UW after causing a game-ending fumble to preserve a 31-24 overtime victory over California at Husky Stadium.
Playing with a pair of injured hands, the 6-foot, 207-pound junior from Bakersfield, California, knocked the ball free from Bears’ running back Damien Moore on a first-and-goal play from the UW 2 and teammate Ryan Bowman recovered to secure the win. However, Williams only played against Kent State, Portland State, and Michigan State this season to keep his eligibility. In his second appearance, he had one tackle.
It hardly resembles the promising start to Williams’ career, when he started the first six games as a true freshman, intercepted two passes and collected four tackles in a 28-14 victory over USC, and was the starter against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl to finish the season.
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He got beat out by fellow junior Asa Turner and played as a reserve in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season that lasted four games.
Last year, Williams appeared in seven games and started three as one of seven UW players who drew opening assignments at safety, which gave him 10 career starts. After
Turner’s injuries in the first two games of the season, Williams was out for the season. However, sophomore Kamren Fabricanan, who had been playing in the Hybrid husky spot, took his place.
Interestingly enough, Williams in fall camp spoke about divisions in the Lake coaching staff that affected the players in the 2021 season and he seemed satisfied with the new coaches.
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