After a solid true freshman season, Trevor Williams appeared to have a bright future at receiver for the Nittany Lions. He caught 10 passes for 94 yards, and even earned his first career start in a home game against Ohio State.
So shortly after the season, when Williams was asked to move to the defensive backfield, he was admittedly surprised.
“I really didn't expect to switch to DB,” he said. “But once I switched over, I felt comfortable. I played to the best of my ability.”
Did he ever. Wiliams played so well in the spring that he claimed a starting job at cornerback. This despite having never played the position before. At Calvert Hall College High in Baltimore, Williams was a receiver and free safety.
“The transition started off kind of shaky, it was hard,” Williams said. “But I took a lot of time and effort to polish my technique, stay in the film room, and basically just got better over time.”
“When he moved over, it was an easy transition,” said veteran PSU DB Adrian Amos, a former high school teammate of Williams. “It was just learning the footwork and fundamentals of the game.”
As impressive as that transition has been, head coach Bill O'Brien was even more blown away by the way Williams accepted the news of the position change.
“I brought him in, I said, 'Hey Trevor, you're a receiver. But we need some help the secondary,' ” O'Brien said. “(He replied), 'Coach, whatever's best for the team.' I tell our staff all the time: We'll take a million of those Trevor Williams-type kids.”
“I put the team first before anything,” Williams added. “Whatever can make this team better and help us win, I'm all for it.”
We caught up with Williams at Penn State Media Day for an upcoming feature in Fight On State The Magazine. You can check out video of the interview above.