Finding a more humble, low-key guy on the Colorado football team than linebacker Lowell Williams would be a tough assignment.

Williams will be a fourth-year junior in the fall and he appears to be finally making a push for playing time on defense with the way he has performed so far in spring drills. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound product of Missouri City, Texas, has led the Buffs in tackles in each of the first two scrimmages.

Williams recorded eight total tackles, including two tackles for loss in the first scrimmage. He followed up with five total tackles and one third-down stop in the second scrimmage last Friday before players went on spring break.

The Buffs' second leading tackler this spring is senior Derrick Webb whom Williams might have to beat out to earn playing time in the fall.

"I just continue to work hard, really work on the basics and run to the ball," Williams said. "I still need to continue to work on the small things basically. I'm not glorifying myself or nothing like that. I'm just staying humble and playing the play that's called."

Stellar statistics in the spring don't always foreshadow an increased role in the fall for an individual. In fact, spring statistics can be downright misleading. Sometimes a player racks up the tackles in spring because injuries are keeping other players off the field. Maybe a running back leads the team in carries and yards in spring because coaches are trying to limit another player's exposure to injury.


Such situations have unfolded at CU in recent years with players looking ready to contribute only to spend Saturdays in the fall holding their helmets on the sidelines.

But Williams has already been a contributor on game days for the Buffs. He has been a regular member of several special teams units the past two years and finished 10th on the team in special teams points last season.

He was buried on the depth chart at linebacker in both seasons, trying to fight for playing with veterans such as Jon Major and Webb. He credits those two players and former Buffs Doug Rippy and Michael Sipili for mentoring him earlier in his career.

"They were great linebackers and I was under them and it helped me," Williams said. "They showed me how to be strong and continue to work harder each and every play and every game. I'm like their protégé I guess."

This spring Williams has been practicing at Will linebacker in the Buffs' 4-3 scheme coached by defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Kent Baer.

"I like it," Williams said. "I don't care what I play as long as I play."

Williams spent his first three seasons in Boulder being coached by CU legend Brian Cabral, who is now the defensive coordinator at Indiana State.

Williams said there isn't much difference between Cabral and Baer. Both are intense on the practice fields and in meetings and father figures away from football. Williams said there hasn't been a big learning curve for him with the new defense. He feels like he's picking things up well with a limited amount of the total package installed so far.

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