Miami Hurricanes OL improves instantly with Jarrid Williams addition

ANNAPOLIS, MD - OCTOBER 20: (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
ANNAPOLIS, MD - OCTOBER 20: (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

The Miami Hurricanes offensive line received improved instantly on Sunday night with the announcement that former Houston tackle Jarrid Williams will join the Hurricanes for the 2020 season.

News came out on Sunday evening that former Houston offensive tackle Jarrid Williams will join his former teammate, quarterback D’Eriq King with the Miami Hurricanes for the 2020 football season. Williams instantly improves the offensive line. Miami had one of the worst offensive lines in FBS in 2020.

Williams will almost assuredly start at one of the tackle spots on a Miami Hurricanes offensive line that has only two likely players secure in the position they played in during the 2019 season. Center Corey Gaynor and left guard Navaughn Donaldson are secure in their position. D.J. Scaife is also likely to start at guard or tackle.

Williams is 6’7 305 pounds and entering his sixth season of college eligibility. The addition of Williams provides the Miami offensive line with far more stability entering the 2020 season. Williams played in 28 games with Houston with 19 starts from 2016-19 after redshirting as a true freshman in 2015.

An injury after four games in 2019 cost Williams the remainder of his season. Williams was able to apply for a medical redshirt and be able to play in 2020. King also redshirted after four games in 2019 to allow him to play another season of college football. Miami beat out Florida State, Baylor, Ole Miss, and USC for Williams.

It is thought that Williams’ final decision came down to staying close to home and working with his high school coach Joey McGuire, who is an assistant at Baylor and playing at Miami. The Hurricanes won out. Williams will have a chance to improve in practice every day going against the Miami defensive line.

Greg Rousseau, Jaelan Philips and Quincy Roche will be among the best edge rushers in the country in 2020. Blocking for King with Houston in 2018 in both of their last full season, Williams earned an 80.8 pass-blocking grade from at Pro Football Focus via Andrew Ivins of Inside the U.

Williams allowed two sacks and 13 QB pressures in 544 pass-blocking snaps in 2018. Ivins also reported that Williams gave up just three quarterback hurries and zero sacks in 139 combined snaps against Oklahoma and Washington State in 2019. Williams has proven he can play against Power Five teams.

Williams is the second offensive tackle Miami has acquired through the transfer portal during the 2020 offseason. Issiah Walker decided to return home after spending one semester at Florida. Walker will have four seasons of eligibility remaining. It is not known if Walker will have to sit out the 2020 season.

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The addition of Williams is important to the development of the Miami OL. Zion Nelson who had to start from the beginning of the 2019 season as a true freshman will have a chance to develop further in 2020 without the pressure of having to play left tackle. Walker and freshman Jalen Rivers will also be able to develop.