Williams gets going during spring

Des Williams

ATHENS – Georgia fullback Des Williams was singled out by Coach Mark Richt after Monday's practice for his impressive blitz pickup. However, just moments later, he was singled out by new running backs coach Tony Ball in a much different way.

"He's a ways off fundamentally to where I can trust him, to where I feel like he can be productive consistently," Ball said. "I think his want-to is there, but I need him to be fundamentally better. That fullback position is a very important position, and I'm really concerned right now. The things that he's doing will get you beat, or the things he's not doing I should say."

Des Williams, a junior who started in 2004 but missed all of 2005 due to a torn chest muscle, is Georgia's starter by default this spring because Brannan Southerland, last year's starter, is sitting out due to a shoulder injury.

Southerland and Williams will enter fall practice in "a dead heat" for the starting job, Richt said, but it's clear Williams still has ground to make up in Ball's eyes. The things Williams is doing wrong can't be attributed to a year layoff, Ball said.

"That's just being disciplined," Ball said. "It's going to be me putting a lot of pressure on him . With Brannan not going, it's going to have to come directly from me."

For now, Williams is happy just to be back on the field. Until this spring, he hadn't practice since last April. He injured himself during the team's summer workouts last year.

"It's awesome," he said. "I almost forgot what it was like. It feels good to get back out there with the fellas."

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