Could a position change be in store for Delton Williams at Michigan State?
According to a story by Mike Griffith of mlive.com, MSU coaches suggested that it’s possible the Cathedral Prep graduate could switch to defense in the future.
Head coach Mark Dantonio and co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner talked about the possibility Tuesday. The Big Ten champion Spartans (12-1) are preparing to play Stanford in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. The extra practice time for the Rose Bowl will allow the MSU coaches to get longer looks at younger players, including some in different positions.
Williams, a 6-foot 1-inch, 225-pound true freshman, has played running back in his first season with the Spartans. He ranks third on the team with 238 yards on 38 rushes, a 6.3-yards-per-rush average.
“The biggest potential move — and perhaps most shocking — could involve freshman tailback Delton Williams,” Griffith wrote. “Williams has looked as impressive as any other Spartans’ back in his limited opportunities this season, and yet, his future might not be at that position.”
Williams played running back at Prep, but he also was an all-state safety. Pennsylvania Football News selected him as the state’s Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.
“I think that a little bit depends on how some of our other running backs develop,” Warner said . “It depends on what our needs are going to be on defense. There are a lot of factors that go into it.”
However, Warner said he was pleased with Williams’ performance on offense.
“But I’ll say I’m very happy with Delton Williams and what he’s done this year. Wish we could have gotten him in there more,” he said.
Members of the coaching staff also mentioned the progress of quarterback Damion Terry, another true freshman from Prep.
“Damion Terry has grown a lot since camp,” defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi told mlive.com. “I personally didn’t feel he was ready watching him through camp based on who he was out there against. But I think he’s come a long way as a football player, a quarterback and a leader. He’s been the guy.”
Coaches had more to say about both players. Check out the mlive.com story.