12/04/2012 - 12/4/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 1. Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia...The Bulldogs' defense has numerous players who will be starring on Sundays next season or in the near future, Williams included. But against Alabama, it wasn't a strong performance for the Georgia strong safety. He finished with nine tackles and was involved in several plays, but also left some production on the field and several times he went backwards when attempting to tackle Alabama s running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon.
Williams showed good downhill speed when attacking the run, but he slowed his feet upon contact on several occasions and found himself caught out of position, making the tackle tougher. With near-linebacker size (6-1, 217), he has made some punishing hits over his career, but against the Crimson Tide, he played too hesitant at the point of attack.
Williams called out the defense earlier this season for being too soft and he could have taken some of his own advice in this contest as he appeared to playing to not make mistakes instead of aggressively finishing plays. Williams still has top-100 potential for next April, but his performance in the SEC Championship Game won t help that cause. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/25/2012 - No one will blame Georgia senior safety Shawn Williams for being frustrated with the play of his Bulldogs defense. Billed as one of the top units in the nation preseason, Georgia is instead a mediocre 49th in the FBS in total defense and now fresh off giving up 206 rushing yards to a Kentucky team that had only crossed the 100-yard mark in three of its seven games coming in. So it's no surprise to hear Williams say that his fellow Bulldogs defenders need some kind of motivational spark ahead of this week's make-or-break showdown with archrival (and BCS No. 2) Florida. But arguing for this particular motivational spark will no doubt raise some eyebrows. From the Macon Telegraph: "It seems like we need the coach from the Saints, it seems like we need him. It seems like we need a pay-for-play system. That's what it seems like we need though. We need Sean Payton." Telegraph reporter Sean Emerson wrote that Williams "seemed only half-joking" when saying that Mark Richt needed to institute his own bounty program. Nonetheless, it's hard to imagine the longtime starter being entirely serious (or serious at all) about his coaches rewarding the Bulldogs for big plays (or other, ahem, accomplishments) with cash. But the rest of Williams' interview was nearly as memorable, and left no doubt as to his seriousness: "We've gotta stop playing soft. We're playing too soft defensively. That goes for D-line, linebackers, corners, safeties. I don't know, we're not playing with the same attitude we played with last year. I don't know what it is...I'm trying to see if I just have to take someone's helmet off and just slap them, or what's going on? We're not playing with any emotion right now, period." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
10/23/2012 - There's some bad blood on Georgia's defense -- and not just because the 12th-ranked Bulldogs have been a disappointment on that side of the line. Two players took issue Tuesday with a rant by senior safety Shawn Williams, who accused the defense of playing "soft" and added that inside linebackers Alec Ogletree and Amarlo Herrera should never come out of the game. Their backups, Michael Gilliard and Christian Robinson, were not pleased. "He said my name without saying my name," Gilliard complained. "I took that personal. I feel like when another man calls me soft, it's disrespecting my manhood. The only thing I'm going to do is go out there and deliver. He gave me motivation." Williams told reporters after Monday's practice that he's fed up with the play of the defense, which was expected to be one of the nation's best but has given up at least 20 points in every game but one. He said everybody deserves a share of the blame, adding that "we're just not playing with the same attitude we were last year." While several players said Williams' criticism was justified, his apparent praise for Ogletree and Herrera was clearly a sore point to the next two guys on the depth chart. "No football player wants to hear they're soft," Robinson said. "That's not the way I would go about it." - AP Sports