REDSHIRT REPORT - Juwaan Williams
Williams was one of four recruits listed in the database as Athletes signed with Oregon’s class of 2015 along with Tyree and Tyrell Robinson and Chris Seisay. Like the three others, the nation’s No. 28-ranked Athlete was assigned to the defensive side of ball when he arrived at Oregon.
At Tucker high school Williams played wide receiver as a sophomore then transitioned to quarterback and defensive back his last two years.
Williams was impressive in the Spring Game this year leading all defenders with seven solo tackles and nine stops overall.
As Oregon continued its winning way in the Chip Kelly era and the Ducks found it easier to be selective and thorough in their vetting of prospects, players like Williams became attainable. In addition to his physical abilities he is another high character guy.
“Juwaan is another unbelievably great kid. He is probably the most attentive in terms of understanding what is going on,” said defensive backs coach John Neal. “He will do all the things that we need to do to win, and he’s getting there quickly.”
Where he is getting quickly is up the defensive back depth charts at a position where the Ducks graduated both starters from last year.
“He is a safety but he will play some corner for us and stuff like that too,” said Neal.
Though only a redshirt freshman it is already becoming evident that Williams will emerge as a leader of the defense during the next few years.
“He takes a lot of pride in being an ex-quarterback and he acts like a quarterback in the secondary which is nice,” said Neal. “He is competing. For him becoming a DB after being a State champion quarterback out of Georgia, which is a big deal to win the state championship in Georgia, you have to beat some people.”
The projection for Williams is similar to that of fellow redshirt freshman Tyree Robinson. Both will be in the two-deep at safety, both will be heavily involved in special teams and both will make the travel roster.
With senior Erick Dargan returning and sophomore Reggie Daniels also coming off a solid 2013 campaign, Williams will likely enter the first game coming off the bench on defense but being a contributor nonetheless.