62 Days to Miami Football: Jarrid Williams steadies OL

ANNAPOLIS, MD - OCTOBER 20: (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Jarrid Williams has not yet been assigned a number by the Miami football program but he is likely to wear number 62 after transferring from Houston during the 2020 offseason.

Jarrid Williams joined the Miami football program during the offseason as a transfer from Houston following new Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King. Williams arrives in Coral Gables with the expectation he will help stabilize the offensive line. Williams is entering his sixth season of collegiate eligibility in 2020.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2015, Williams earned a sixth year of eligibility with a medical redshirt due to a season-ending injury after four games in 2019. King chose to redshirt in 2019 following the Cougars 1-3 start. Williams is not listed on the official Miami football roster yet but will likely wear number 62.

Williams wore 62 at Houston and the number is currently open for the Hurricanes. Including the four games in 2019, Willaims started 19 out of the 28 games he played in for the Cougars. Williams’ primary position is right tackle, but he started to games at left tackle for Houston in 2017.

Williams was part of a Houston offensive line that together with King’s mobility did not allow a sack in five games during the 2018 season. The Cougars finished fifth in scoring offense, seventh in total offense, 16th in passing and 24th in rushing in their final seasons under former Texas QB Major Applewhite.

With Miami, Williams is almost guaranteed to be the starter. New offensive line coach Garin Justice will have to make the determination is Williams better suited to stay at his familiar spot of left tackle, or does Miami have a bigger need for him to play on the left side to project the blind spot for King.

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With Williams, an overwhelming favorite to start at one tackle, the other starter at tackle will likely be either junior D.J. Scaife or redshirt sophomore John Campbell. Improving the offensive line play will be one of the biggest priorities for the Miami football team in 2020. Williams’ experience upfront should help a lot.