Rumors circulated around mainly Twitter earlier last week that senior running back Kenny Williams, Texas Tech’s leading rusher for the last two seasons, is practicing at outside linebacker during spring workouts.
— Chris Level (@ChrisLevel) March 8, 2014
Then, yesterday, outside linebackers coach Mike Smith tweeted this picture of himself and his guys.
— Mike Smith (@TTU_Smith46) March 10, 2014
Today, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt spoke with the media directly about Kenny and the move.
So, basically Kliff thinks Kenny is so much of a baller at running back that he doesn’t really need the spring reps, making him available to try his hand at OLB. The defense is particularly thin at Raider, so, apparently, Kenny decided to help out.
Not particularly surprising, given his prowess on special teams last season laying the wood on some unfortunate punt returners. It’ll be interesting to see if he ends up going both ways during the season (a la Myles Jack) or sticking to one or the other.
The fact that the coaches are so impressed with his ability as a running back they don’t worry about him losing reps during the spring says everything you need to know about Kenny Williams.