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Oregon Football

Williams Talks DB's

August 9, 2019

Oregon cornerbacks coach Donte’ Williams spoke with media Thursday following practice. The many topics he covered included who’s standing out and the very key nickel role. 

Williams also revealed the importance of the nickel position in the defense. According to Donte’ Williams the Ducks will fully employ the nickel position this season.

Below are the highlights and the video is posted below.

On Camp so far

“We just getting a lot of guys a lot of reps. It’s camp. All these new freshmen and new guys, you just want to make sure a lot of guys are getting reps. That way they understand what they’re supposed to be doing.”

On Kahlef Hailassie:

“He’s been everywhere for us to be honest. He’s fairly athletic. He’s still very very young. He’s growing into a position.”

On Mykael Wright:

“I mean all these guys are off to a hot start but the biggest thing is consistency. So you have one really good play but the next play your feet don’t move the same, maybe hesitate on your assignments. The more and more reps they get the better they’ll be and the more consistent they’ll be.”

On the Group:

“We definitely have a lot of guys that’s going out there and getting reps. Coach Cristobal does a really good job making sure we are getting reps for the 1’s, 2’s and 3’s. We got 3 groups of guys gteting the same reps every day.”

Who Handles Nickel? (Keith or Donte)

“We’re all together. It’s one big unit. One big happy family.”

Best suited for NIckel?

“You say that you want a guy that’s 6-foot, 200-pounds. But is Tyrann Mathieu 6-foot, 200 pounds? No. He’s probably the best nickel in the NFL. You just want the best player that can communicate and get the job done.”

On Haki’s Growth

“He’s doing his job. He has length and he’s athletic. Him as a person, just his growth, when it comes to age, he’s the grandpa. Football doesn’t last forever, seeing him as a person grow from it and learn from it.”

On Dj James:

“Great, athletic, smart. Learns well. He’s very self conscious.” 

On Veteran Leadership:

“Thomas and Deommodore and Nick Pickett and Jevon actually. Thomas is the oldest out of all of them and he just turned 20 years old. So the group as a whole is very young.”

On Jamal Hill:

“I mean just go out there and make plays. But at the same time he’s a long ways from praise like the rest of us. He’s doing his job.” 

On the Nickel Position:

“Nickel for us is a defense that’s always on the field. So if you’re nickel you’re always on the field.”  

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