Friday, February 17, 2017

Defensive line coach Jesse Williams officially joins KU football staff

David Beaty announced Feb. 17, 2017, the addition of defensive line coach Jesse Williams to his third Kansas football staff.

David Beaty announced Feb. 17, 2017, the addition of defensive line coach Jesse Williams to his third Kansas football staff.


Looking to bring an experienced defensive assistant to his third Kansas football staff, head coach David Beaty officially announced Friday the addition of former Ohio defensive line coach Jesse Williams.

During the past five seasons of a coaching career spanning 20-plus years, Williams worked on Frank Solich’s Ohio staff, most recently coaching 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year Tarell Basham, who became the Bobcats’ all-time program sack leader (27). Basham is projected as a potential second-round pick at this year’s NFL Draft.

"Jesse brings a wealth of technical knowledge that will be extremely valuable in our defensive line room,” Beaty said in a press release, “because it all starts with those guys up front, especially in the Big 12 Conference. The productivity he has gotten from his players from a run and pass-rush standpoint is impressive. His defensive lines have consistently become a unit other teams game-plan around, because of his ability to find, evaluate and teach the position."

Ohio defeated Beaty’s Jayhawks, 37-21, at Memorial Stadium this past September, when the Bobcats limited Kansas to 26 rushing yards and made three tackles for loss. In 2016, Ohio ranked fifth in the nation in rushing defense (104.4 yards a game), tied for 12th in sacks (3.14 a game) and 20th in tackles for loss (7.4 a game).

Now that Williams will be on KU’s sideline, he inherits two of the most talented players on the Jayhawks’ roster, in juniors-to-be defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. and defensive tackle Daniel Wise.

"I'm extremely excited to be able to work with Coach Beaty and his staff,” Williams stated in KU’s release. "I'm looking forward to working with the caliber of a guy like (defensive coordinator) Clint Bowen and the talent that is already in that defensive line room. I can't help but be excited. I've never heard a bad thing about Lawrence, and my family and I are extremely grateful for this opportunity."

Previously, Williams has worked as a defensive assistant at New Mexico State, Nebraska-Kearney and Colorado State, as well as San Jose State, Eastern Washington, Holy Cross, Portland State and Sonoma State (Calif.).

Williams, a graduate of Sonoma State, and his wife Felicia have three children: Jessien, Trae and A.J.


Brett McCabe 4 years, 8 months ago

I really like this hire. I want to see what he can do for Dorrance.

Excited to see a transformation on defense this year. We were so much improved from the previous year, I think we are in fine-tuning mode now to begin real work towards inching up on the mid-level Big 12 teams.

Can't wait for the spring game!

Dirk Medema 4 years, 8 months ago

Transformation on defense this year is almost totally dependent on the ability to rebuild the DBs around Mike Lee. It will be a huge difference for Mike to not have Fish guiding the whole works back there, and with 4 other new faces as well. Sounds like a couple of the JCs in particular might be able to step in right away, but if there is even 1 weak link back there in particular opposing coaches and QBs will destroy us through it. DL & LBs are all fairly established (Hopefully, Joe is fully recovered.) so it's all about the DB development this year.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 8 months ago

Welcome, sir! We're glad to have ya! RCJH!

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 8 months ago

Welcome Coach. If you are better than what we had last year the sky will be the limit. We have some really talented DT's and DE's and are hopeful they can take the next step. Can't wait to watch.

Humpy Helsel 4 years, 8 months ago

Welcome, coach! I am sure you are well aware you have a possible first team All Big XII defensive end to coach in your first year here in Lawrence. Hope you bring some of your recruiting contacts out of Ohio with you. Ohio and Louisiana. These football hotbeds are loaded with brawn, toughness and speed, respectively. We need lots of all of it. Despite the recent recruiting defections (it happens) it feels like this program is finally headed in a consistent, right direction. A foundation of continuity is finally being laid.

Bob Bailey 4 years, 8 months ago

Yes, this is a step up. But even last year we had good defensive position coaches.

The problem is the DC! No one can/does teach tackling! And the Defensive Scheme makes about as much sense as a fifth grader. They are lined up out of position, and their defensive assignments are virtually worthless.

Zenger is NO HELP! And until we get a rock solid DC our defense will be useless.

Look at Ohio State. Were among the top 4, but they lost their DC. Useless when playing in the top 4.

Randy Bombardier 4 years, 7 months ago

Bob, i dont what you are talking about. The defense by itself kept us in many games until they ran out of gas. That happens when your offense cant stay on the field.

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