Jarrid Williams says Miami football expects him to play right tackle

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Graduate transfer Jarrid Williams expects the Miami football program to keep him at his customary position at right tackle according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Graduate transfer Jarrid Williams who joined the Miami football program from Houston this spring expects the Hurricanes to keep him at his customary spot at right tackle. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald said earlier this week that Williams told him that the Miami football team plans to keep him at right tackle.

Williams started 17 games at right tackle for Houston the last two seasons and two at left tackle in 2020. The Miami football program added Williams during the offseason to help improve an offensive line that was one of the worst in college football during the 2019 season. Williams is 6’6, 305 pounds and a sixth-year senior.

Williams redshirted as true-freshman and took a medical redshirt in 2019 after suffering a season-ending injury in the fourth game. Miami adds desperately needed experience to their offensive line with the addition of Williams. Williams played with Miami graduate transfer D’Eriq King at Houston.

The experience King and Williams have playing together in Houston should add comfort to both. They will know each other’s tendencies and that should help the Miami offensive line. Williams entering his sixth season of college football should make him an instant leader upfront with redshirt junior center Corey Gaynor.

The addition of Williams to the Miami offensive line also became critical when the Hurricanes lost rising senior Navaughn Donaldson to a medical redshirt season for 2020. Donaldson decided to take the 2020 season off to recover from a knee injury in the 2019 season finale against Duke and reportedly work on his conditioning.

The Hurricanes entire starting offensive line from 2019 except for Donaldson returns in 2020. Zion Nelson started all 13 games last season at left tackle and Jakai Clark the final 12 at right guard as true freshman in 2019. Gaynor started all 13 at center and D.J. Scaife returns entering his third season as a starter.

Redshirt sophomore John Campbell who started twice on the OL for Miami in 2019 if favored to earn a starting spot in 2020 over Clark or Nelson. With Williams projected to play RT, Campbell and Scaife will almost definitely be the left side of the Miami offensive line with their positions to be determined.

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Campbell is the more likely to play left tackle with Scaife at right guard. Scaife has started 19 games at right tackle and one at right guard during his first two seasons with Miami. Scaife has more collegiate starts than anyone on the Miami offense. Ther Hurricanes enter 2020 with far more experience up front.