Clemson Football: E.J. Williams is going to surprise a lot of people

Dabo Swinney Clemson Tigers Justyn Ross (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Dabo Swinney Clemson Tigers Justyn Ross (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Freshman E.J. Williams is going to surprise many people outside of Clemson football

The 2020 Clemson football team suffered a major loss when it was announced that WR Justyn Ross would miss the entire season following spinal surgery.

Ross, who was Clemson’s leading returning receiver, was expected to be one of the breakout players across the nation and one of the top WRs in the country.

With him gone, though, it creates a major hole to be filled.

Clemson football will rely on players like Joseph Ngata and Frank Ladson Jr. to step up in Ross’s absence, but there is one true-freshman who is being heavily overlooked: E.J. Williams.

Williams is going to make an impact for Clemson football this season

Williams stands tall at 6-foot-3 and will likely weigh just south of 200 pounds once the season begins. If you look at his film, you can see that he is a guy who isn’t afraid to be physical with the defensive back and he has great ability to high-point the football and win one-on-one battles.

Williams was an early enrollee and he spent the winter and spring going through team workouts. He also had an opportunity to participate in nine practice sessions before the spring was cut short.

As he prepares for the upcoming season for Clemson, though, it’s clear that he’s going to have a chance to make a major impact and get on the field early.

Williams was set to play that boundary position before Ross’s injury and was likely going to be third-string at this point. With Ross out, though, he’ll now be providing valuable depth as a second-stringer likely behind Joseph Ngata.

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There is no question that Williams is going to play and he very well could prove to be the next Justyn Ross as a freshman who comes in and makes a major impact from the start.