Just like LSU, DeShawn Williams says Tigers know what's coming against Georgia

'Against a powerhouse like that, you know they're going to run it. We knew it was coming, and we were just trying to hold our depth'

Maryland's Shawn Petty is sacked Clemson linebacker Spencer Shuey and defensive tackle DeShawn Williams during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

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Maryland's Shawn Petty is sacked Clemson linebacker Spencer Shuey and defensive tackle DeShawn Williams during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Clemson's defensive line knows what's coming against Georgia, just like it knew what was coming against LSU.

Having proven themselves up to the first task, DeShawn Williams says the Tigers are ready to do it again.

"We knew what (LSU) was going to do every time," said the Tigers' rising junior defensive tackle. "Against a powerhouse like that, you know they're going to run it. We knew it was coming, and we were just trying to hold our depth.

"We know what's coming on August 31st - Georgia's going to try to run the ball with Todd Gurley and guys like that."

Williams sees the Tigers' Chick-fil-A Bowl victory as a building block for this fall.

"That gave us a great deal of confidence - not just confidence in the defense, but confidence for Clemson," he said. "To beat an SEC power like that gives us a big boost going into next season."

Williams said position coach Dan Brooks is playing mix-and-match with a group of defensive linemen that also includes Josh Watson, Grady Jarrett, Rod Byers, Carlos Watkins and D.J. Reader.

"Everybody's getting in the rotation with the first and second team," said Williams. "D.J.'s not been here, with baseball and all, but when he is here, Coach Brooks throws him in there. Everybody's getting equal reps. I think that's going to help during the season, with everybody having fresh bodies."

Williams, a Daniel High product and a veteran of 27 games and six starts over his first two seasons, made 50 tackles, including five for loss, with two sacks and nine quarterback-hurries last fall. He said he's working this spring to take full advantage of his quickness, while improving his leverage and footwork.

Overall, he feels good about where the Tigers are defensively midway through spring practice.

"It's going good - we feel really good about the defensive scheme right now," Williams said. "Everybody's more comfortable, and we're not making the mistakes we made last year. We know the system a lot better now."

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