Football: Ex-Houston Cougar on prowl for Queen's

Two schools can play at this transfer game: The word is out that the Queen's Golden Gaels have added linebacker Shomari Williams, who played three seasons for the Houston Cougars, a Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) school.

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The estimable Duane Forde had a report on Williams over the long weekend (a friend of the blog had mentioned a while ago that the Brampton native was coming to Queen's, but that it was on the QT).
"Williams, a native of Brampton, Ontario, has spent the past three seasons playing for the University of Houston Cougars but, after graduating earlier this spring and turning down multiple job offers, he's taking his talents north to Kingston, Ontario, where he'll suit up for the Queen's Golden Gaels. The 6'2”, 245 lbs. linebacker saw the field as a true freshman in 2006 and has earned regular playing time on the Cougar defence over the last two years, as well as contributing on special teams throughout his tenure in Houston. Despite his size, Williams also carved out a reputation as one of the fastest linebackers at UH, backing that up with a 4.61 second forty-yard dash in recent testing. That combination of size, experience, and mobility should have Williams challenging the aforementioned (Montreal's Joash) Gesse and (Concordia's Cory) Greenwood to become the top rated linebacker in the Class of 2010."
Suffice to say, Gaels defensive co-ordinator Pat Tracey will have options in the second level of his defence, depending on who returns from last season's fourth-year players (here one thinks of someone such as Thaine Carter, the Presidents' Trophy winner who has been drafted by Winnipeg of the CFL).

The CFL might want Williams as a linebacker, although he could play there or give Queen's a pass rusher coming off the edge with Osie Ukwuoma on the other side, if he returns from the Calgary Stampeders. That would be something to see.
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  1. Mr Sager, we think you're at least an "optimistic" - even though that Williams guy seems very talented, from the stats we've looked at, he was never a starter at Houston...

    Comparing him to Gesse and Greenwood could be called a bit "premature", don't you think?

  2. You'd have to ask Duane Forde. He said it, not me.

  3. Ehhhhhhhhhh 2 strikes... will be more cautious next time... :)

    No matter what, we will keep an eye on this LB....