I’m curious about where USC will use Max Williams on Saturday.
He was expected to be the possible starter at nickel back. But now he is also playing safety and might start there against Rice.
Depending on the scheme, the positions might not be too different.
But Williams is listed at 5-foot-9 and playing a conventional safety role seems unusual. So it’s worth watching this weekend.
If he starts at safety, what does that say about some of the other safeties, like Xavion Alford? Bryson Shaw had a good first week of camp but then got hurt.
If Williams is at safety, Jaylin Smith could start at nickel. That’s good for Smith because there are others who have more experience or even more hype and he leapfrogged them by performance.