There are a lot of questions about the Pitt Panthers heading into 2013, and those questions are only getting more and more disturbing as the offseason goes along. One area that the team still feels good about for next fall, however, is their defense which returns nine starters next season. None of them may be more ready to lead Pitt into the ACC than senior defensive back K’Waun Williams.
Williams enjoyed a strong junior campaign in 2012, finishing seventh on the team with 47 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions and a pass breakup. He improved from his sophomore season and was incredibly productive despite missing a game with a shoulder injury that Williams admits slowed him down at times last season.
He is back this season, however, 100 percent healthy and focused on playing faster in 2013 under new defensive coordinator Matt House, who acted as the defensive backs coach last year. House’s familiarity with Williams has led to the senior being used in more versatile ways this spring, lining up inside, outside and even a little at safety. He’ll get used all over the field to bring his ball-hawk skills wherever Pitt needs them.
Head coach Paul Chryst is trying to build some stability at Pitt, though the offseason turmoil with transfers and suspensions has not reflected that. One area that Chryst and the Panthers can lean on in 2013, however, is an experienced defense led by Williams looking to make some noise as the push their way into a new conference.
Will Williams and the Pitt defense be enough to make year one in the ACC a success for the Panthers?