To help get you through college football's slow days of early July -- before conference media days launch the preseason festivities - we've counted down the 10 most important South Carolina Gamecocks and 10 most important Clemson Tigers for 2014. One Gamecock and one Tiger every day, so you can spend part of your summer studying the players who will make a difference for your team come autumn.
SOUTH CAROLINA'S NO. 2 - BRISON WILLIAMS, SENIOR, DEFENSIVE BACK
In this age of defensive specialization, where a cornerback is different than a nickel is different than a dime, it's not enough to list Brison Williams at one position.
No, the senior leader in South Carolina's secondary must have a more broad description. Until noted otherwise, Williams is simply a defensive back. Wild card could be another moniker.
With the Gamecocks secondary depleted, Williams must juggle multiple responsibilities. He's in a peculiar situation, the best player on the field unaware of exactly where he'll line up. Williams played safety last season, and at a high level. He could play cornerback this fall. Or he could play safety again.
Or he could play both.
Wherever he plays, Williams will likely make an impact. A hard-hitting safety, Williams had 45 tackles and one interception this season. With Victor Hampton and Jimmy Legree locking down the corner, Williams was the enforcer in the middle of the field. He did well enough for people to take notice.
Williams was named to the Preseason All-SEC Fourth Team by Phil Steele. He was listed as a safety, in case you're keeping track. Whether it's there or cornerback, South Carolina needs him to play at an all-conference level this fall.
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