Tequez Williams (C/o 2021) out of Georgia is a physical player on the back-end of the defense. While he acts as the last line of defense, he flies around the field and delivers big hits on opposing players.
Back in September, GMTM's Joey Grant and former USC Quarterback Max Browne evaluated his tape live on Twitch. Here's what they thought:
Tequez's physicality is apparent from the beginning of his film. His first play features him coming up to deliver a big hit on the ball carrier in the red zone to knock the ball loose and force a fumble. He clearly has a nose for the football and makes it known that he does not shy away from contact.
His tape is filled with examples of his physicality in the run game. He models his game after Tyrann Mathieu and Jamal Adams and his proficiency in the box validates that. He will routinely outmuscle blockers to fight through and make plays on the ball. In the play below, he completely blows up a pulling offensive lineman to stop a play dead in it's tracks. He may not get credit for the tackle in the box score, but this is a play that defensive coaches will love to see on game film.
To complement his clear proficiency making plays in the run game, he also shows the ability to make plays on the ball in the passing game. On this play, the defense is in zone coverage. This allows him to play with his eyes in the backfield, where he is able to read the quarterback and see that he is looking to hit the TE breaking across the middle of the field. He allows the slot receiver to break out in front of him while he turns to make a play on the TE after the catch. He secures the tackle to limit what had potential of being a big play for the opposing teams offense.
That play perfectly encapsulates his football IQ and processing speed as well as showing his ability as a sure tackler. There are various other examples of him making athletic plays on the ball in the air and his potential as a true safety is apparent.
Tequez is a hard worker both on and off the field. Even while playing and training for football, he has maintained a 3.7 GPA with his studies. His potential as a student-athlete at the next level is a big reason why schools are interested in adding them to their program.
The biggest piece of advice that Max and Joey gave him was to try to eliminate some of the dead space in his film. This is a good lesson for all athletes, as time is money with recruiters. Eliminating the wasted space pre-snap or before the play is made is crucial in making your film stand out. The one exception here may be for any plays that showcase your ability to diagnose a play and make adjustments pre-snap.
- Hard-hitting safety with immediate ability to play in the box
- Showcased potential as a cover man in the passing game as well
- Excellent student athlete with a 3.7 GPA
Tequez Williams is a defensive back who can make an immediate impact as a run defender at the next level. As he continues to develop his skills against the pass, he has potential to develop into an elite true safety in the mold of Tyrann Mathieu. He will be an asset for whatever program he joins in the fall.