New Miami Hurricanes OT Jarrid Williams has proven he can play vs. Power 5

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The addition of former Houston offensive tackle Jarrid Williams to the Miami Hurricanes is a big boost to the 2020 football roster. Williams is an experienced lineman who has proven he can play against Power Five teams while with the Cougars.

In his four-plus seasons on the active roster at Houston, new Miami Hurricanes offensive tackle Jarrid Williams played in 29 games earning 19 starts. Four of those games were against Power Five opponents. Williams was exceptional blocking for new Miami quarterback D’Eriq King with the Cougars

According to Pro Football Focus via Andrew Ivins with Inside the U Williams graded out with an 80.8 pass-blocking grade allowing only two sacks and 13 quarterback pressures in 544 snaps pass blocking. Williams played at the same high level against Power Five competition as he did in the rest of Houston’s games.

Williams played four games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending injury.. One of those 2019 games was against perennial College Football Playoff participant Oklahoma. According to Ivins’ colleague at Inside the U, David Lake, Williams has graded out well according to PFF against Power Five opponents.

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Against the Sooners last season, Williams played 71 snaps receiving a 66.2 pass-blocking grade, a 59.3 run-blocking grade without allowing a sack and only three quarterback pressures. Houston also played against Washington State in 2019. Against the other Cougars, Williams played exceptionally well.

In 68 snaps against Washington State, Williams received a 76.6 pass-blocking grade, a 63.7 run-blocking grade without allowing a sack and two QB pressures. Houston played games against Power Five opponents Arizona and Texas Tech in 2018. Against the Wildcats, Williams played 75 snaps.

The 6’7, 305-pound right tackle for Houston received an 85.4 pass-blocking grade, 61.6 run-blocking grade, without allowing a sack or QB pressure against Arizona. Against Texas Tech, Williams played 93 snaps, receiving a 72.4 pass-blocking grade, 59.6 run-blocking grade, with no sacks and two QB pressures allowed.

In those same four games, King completed  54.4 percent of his passes for 972 yards, 12 TDs and no interceptions and ran the ball 52 times for 281 yards another six TDs. The question when a player moves up from a Group of Five program is can they perform at the same level against Power Five opponents.

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Williams and King have proven they can. Expect Williams to definitely be a starter for Miami. The likelihood is that Williams will start for Miami at left tackle. The Hurricanes offensive line was abysmal in 2019. Williams played right tackle at Houston because the Cougars had 2020 Arizona Cardinals third-round pick, Josh Jones, at left tackle.