June 8, 2011

Hello, Joe!

He doesn't come to Waco wearing a cape nor with an S on his chest, but new Baylor cornerback defensive back Joe Williams recognizes the expectations that will be thrust upon him as the 2011 season nears.

Williams, who was the latest of the 2011 class to sign in May, comes to Baylor from Fort Scott Community College in Kansas where he developed into a very physical player. He will have three years to play because he redshirted in 2009. He arrived at the campus Friday.

Williams is going through his first workout Wednesday. He just received his physical on Tuesday. He is taking classes in each of the two summer sessions.

"I'm here to use my athleticism. That's why [Baylor] brought me here,'' the St. Louis native said. "This is not a time for me to look at the glamour part of being at school. It's time to go to work.''

The Bears are counting on the additions of Williams and K.J. Morton to the secondary will mean a drastic change in the results. Each will be expected to compete for the starting positions when fall camp opens in August.

To put it mildly, Baylor's secondary desperately needed an infusion. The trail of tears reveal that from the 2010 Big 12 conference statistics:
* 9th in scoring defense at 30.5 points.
* 9th in rushing defense at 170.3 yards.
* 10th in passing defense at 265.1 yards.
* 10th in total defense at at 435.4 yards.

If that wasn't enough to make coach Art Briles wince, Baylor's defense only collected 10 interceptions and allowed opponents to complete 66.2 percent of their passes.

Therein lies the reasons for these new players and new defensive coordinator Phil Bennett are in Waco in attempt to reverse those frustrations.

At Fort Scott, Williams generally got the starting assignment against the opposing team's top receiver.

But the learning curve continues. Williams (5-10, 185) is a converted quarterback. This will be just his second year at the position. He collected 30 tackles - 28 solos - had six pass breakups, collected one interception and returned one of his two fumble recoveries for a touchdown. He also was used in the punt return game.

"I'm here to take advantage of this opportunity,'' he said. "I came here to be the best at my position. And I'm going to work to get there.''

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