Swinney on Williams' impact on football team


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Williams had two catches for 20 yards and a touchdown against Wofford

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney discussed several topics on the ACC teleconference on Wednesday including the impact that Mike WilliamsMike Williams
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has had on the football program.

Williams suffered a neck injury as he hit a padded goalpost while scoring a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter vs. Wofford on Saturday.

"I think, again, bad things happen in football and in life," Swinney said about Williams' injury. "Ultimately it's how you respond to those things. When you have adversity, that's when you have your best opportunity to lead and to really impact other people. I think he's really demonstrated great leadership to his team, just a love for Clemson, what he has an opportunity to do. So he's obviously been a great player here. He's one of the best young men that we've had come through here. He's just solid in all areas of his life. He's a good student, a great worker. He's never been a guy I ever have to really worry about. You can always count on him doing the right things, being where he's supposed to be, working hard. Another one of those guys focused on being great. He's been an impactful guy since the day he's got here. He's gotten better and better. Unfortunate he's not going to be out there because he's certainly a difference-maker on the field. Hard to replace a guy with that type of leadership and experience. But we do have some young talent. We got to grow it up. That's where Mike I think can really help us."

Williams had 1,030 receiving yards and 6 TDs last season and 77 catches for 1,346 yards and nine touchdowns in his career.

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