Throughout the history of Miami football one thing has remained. The safety position has long been a room that features some of the best to ever wear a Hurricane uniform . From Bennie Blades, to Ed Reed, to Sean Taylor, Antrel Rolle and recent stars like Jaquan Johnson, it’s always been a position with great pride. There will always be a burden to carry on the legacy of those who have come before them. Shadows loom large in the secondary.
This upcoming year has a mix of excitement along with a few question marks especially on defense. The one position room with the most answers and considered by many as the unrelenting strength, is safety.
James Williams is a 6-5, 225 lb. sophomore from American Heritage Plantation. Williams is coming off a Freshman year where he was named All-ACC Honorable Mention, while accumulating 31 tackles. Williams played in ten games, starting seven. In high school Williams was a consensus five-star (five orange) prospect. His length and athleticism factor in a myriad of ways as a defender.
Agent zero earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for a stellar performance against the Pittsburgh Panthers on October 30th, 2021. In that performance Williams finished with a career high nine tackles and netted his second interception of the season. Many consider Williams the vocal leader of the defense and his physical play and tenacity definitely show. A true “throwback cane” who harnesses bad intentions towards any opposing player he comes across. Keep your heads down receivers, number zero is patrolling the area.
Avantae Williams, is a 6-0, 198 lb. third-year sophomore coming off a Hurricane season which he had 18 tackles while playing in six games. “Neo” has the flair for the dramatic. The DeLand, Fla. native was a four orange high school prospect and rival publications had him listed as the number one safety in the 2020 class.
Versus Georgia Tech last season, Williams showed his uncanny ability to morph through the air. An unsuspecting quarterback delivered an errant pass that was intercepted by a ballistic ballhawk. Acrobats everywhere blushed. Williams also serves as a brand ambassador for the Orange Bowl Boys and will do a weekly recap segment this fall.