Greedy Williams, LSU shut down Auburn, projected first round QB Jarrett Stidham
They say the perfect pass beats the defender every time.
Maybe not in the SEC.
In a high profile matchup that scouts from every team in the NFL will most certainly pore over, reigning All-American cornerback Andraez “Greedy” Williams used Saturday’s 22-21 win over Auburn and its projected first round quarterback Jarrett Stidham as his podium for re-election, intercepting one pass and contributing to another.
Officially listed at 6-3, 184 pounds by LSU, Williams helped the visiting LSU Tigers limited Stidham to a 114.0 QB rating, the third worst of his career. Stidham completed just 16 of 28 passes (57%) for 198 yards and one touchdown along with two interceptions.
Stidham had previously impressed with his poise in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff win over Washington but he started off poorly in this contest, including throwing an initially puzzling interception to the right flat.
A second, longer look at Stidham’s options, suggest that he wanted to throw the ball deeper downfield to his biggest and one of his more experienced pass-catchers, 6-2, 215 pound junior Nate Craig-Myers, now in his second season as a starter.
Trailing slightly - but in perfect position to defend the ball due to his trademark makeup speed and long arms - was Williams, essentially forcing Stidham’s awkward check-down that was intercepted by LSU’s Grant Delpit.
Williams’ own interception came much later and it is much easier to see his impact. It abruptly ended a potential Auburn scoring drive just as he and the Tigers were threatening to cross midfield.
This time matched up against the speedier 6-2, 190 pound junior Darius Slayton on 3rd and 7, Williams anticipated a back shoulder fade and got it, attacking the ball and showing just how he has earned his nickname.
It is the nature of the quarterback position that Stidham will likely get blasted by some in the media for Saturday’s loss.
In reality, LSU’s ability to clog up rushing lanes (allowing just 130 yards on 38 carries overall) put Stidham in the very difficult position to have to pass to win this game.
Stidham didn’t play poor so much as that Williams - my top-rated cornerback and No. 8 overall prospect - excelled.