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Red Raider Gridiron | More on Williams at Raider; Wallerstedt's Standouts

Spring practice continues and we have more from Kenny Williams and his potential move to Raider linebacker. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury and Matt Wallerstedt talked after practice and Wallerstedt talked about some defensive standouts thus far.

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More on Williams at Raider LB: We've already discussed a bit about running back Kenny Williams going to the Raider linebacker spot, which is Terrance Bullitt's old spot.  We've now got a bit of video and a story (via LAJ) of Williams talking about the move.  He's mostly gracious, as you would expect, stating that he just wants to help.

"We’re kind of thin at the position," Williams said. "We’re not a run-heavy team in the first place, and whatever I can do for the team, I plan on going both ways. So for the spring, I’m trying to get the defensive plays down and just roll with it."

For those of you concerned that Williams won't be around to help on the offense, head coach Kliff Kingsbury spoke about how Williams could be ready at a moment's notice:

"We have a couple of young cats coming in," Kingsbury said when asked about the depth. "They’ll have to step up and learn quick. But like I said, (Williams) can slide in and play running back at any moment, and that’s what’s good about him. He’s such a smart football player, he can learn linebacker and still come back and know what we’re doing offensively."

Wallerstedt's Standouts: We've got some standouts from defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt (via LAJ), including WLB Sam Eguavoen, SS Jalen Barnes, DT Demetrious Alston, MLB V.J. Vehoko, and CB Justis Nelson. Wallerstedt had this to say about Fehoko:

"He’s a big energy guy," Wallerstedt said. "I think he’s going to be a force in the middle. He’s intense. He’s violent. Before he takes the field, he always wants to talk crazy to me. He loves to play the game."

Newsome Visiting: One of the higher rated players in the state, Aledo's WR Ryan Newsome, is going to visit this weekend (via WreckEm 24/7).  Mike usually covers the recruiting aspect, but there's a ton of quotes from Newsome that covers his thought process in deciding on a college, which includes the coaching staff and what they can do to help a player develop as well as newest Texas Tech committ Jarrett Stidham. Definitely worth your time.  I think the thing that's interesting is the research that Newsome is doing, I think on his own with his father, on Kingsbury and Eric Morris and is very much aware of what Kingsbury has done at his past stops.


Josh Outlaw is going to be given a chance at tackle rather than guard as was promised to him when he signed with Texas Tech (via LAJ).

BLB Andre Ross and DE Gary Moore are still working their way back through some injuries, while DT Keland McElrath is getting some work in (via LAJ).

Pretty neat look at how fans reacted to the commitment of QB Jarrett Stidham, which includes some comments from you all at VTM (via CBS Sports).

Good roundup of recruiting in the Big 12 (via SB Nation).

Action: The video has about 4 minutes of Kliff Kingsbury and 4 minutes of Matt Wallerstedt. Wallerstedt talks a bit about Kenny Williams and how selfless he is and that Dorian Crawford has moved back to safety during the spring as Williams tries out the linebacker spot.