22 Days to Miami football: DE Cameron Williams hopes to break rotation

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13:(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Redshirt freshman defensive end Cameron Williams has a chance to break in the rotation of edge rushers after sitting out last season for the Miami football team.

After an academic redshirt season in 2019, freshman Cameron Williams has a chance to break into the rotation for the Miami football team in 2020. Williams will be competing with true freshman Chantz Williams to be the fourth defensive end in the rotation for the Miami football team in 2020.

Graduate transfer Quincy Roche from Temple, redshirt junior Jaelan Phillips and redshirt freshman Jahfari Harvey are the expected top three in the rotation for the Miami edge rushers this season. The Miami coaching staff has been pleased with the progress that Williams has made in his season plus on the roster.

Diaz and the Miami coaching staff loves players with length. At 6’4, Williams provides Miami with length off the edge. The former Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna star has added 25 pounds since enrolling at Miami in 2019. Strength and conditioning coach David Feeley has worked wonders with the Hurricanes roster.

The battle between Cameron and Chantz Williams will be fierce. Cameron was a three-star signee with Miami in 2019. He was the 441st ranked player, 29th ranked weakside DE and 54th ranked player in Florida. Chantz Williams was the 85th ranked player, seventh-ranked WDE and 15th in Florida out of Orange Park, Oak Leaf.

"“Just his toughness. He is a long-levered guy. He is still going to develop with his body in terms of strength level, he still has room to grow.”"

Head coach Manny Diaz likes the upside that Cameron Williams with his body type. With Roche moving on after the 2020 season, Williams will be an important part of the Miami Hurricanes rotation at edge rusher following the 2020 season. At the least, Williams will have a chance to contribute in 2020.

Williams played well during the first Miami scrimmage of training camp according to Hurricanes defensive line coach Todd Stroud. Stroud was impressed with the progress that Williams made during the pandemic. Now Miami needs the application on the field. The opportunity is there in 2020.

"“During the pandemic, he went from 238 pounds to 261 pounds and he is kind of settling back down at 255 pounds and he still runs very well. He really rushes the passer strong and he looked very good tonight.”"

Next. Jaelan Phillips has transformed his body. dark

Under Diaz, Miami has continued to turn out defensive linemen, particularly on the edge. With the depth that Miami has in 2020 that should continue. Cameron and Chantz Williams are in a good place to learn from the coaching staff, Roche and Phillips this season. The wave of edge rushers for Miami should continue in 2020.