Gentry Williams shows he can be the next great Sooners corner

It’s late in the first half with about 25 seconds left to play on Saturday. The Arkansas State Red Wolves have the ball and swing it out to the running back on a screen.

This is a play that typically gashes the Oklahoma Sooners’ defense. Out of nowhere Gentry Williams comes flying in, past his block, and blows it up for a loss. It’s those kinds of plays that have many thinking Williams can be special and the next great Sooners cornerback.

It’s only one game so he has to keep proving it but for him to diagnose that play, get around his block and blow it up is not something Sooner fans are used to seeing.

Williams told reporters they were ready to put a game together like they did defensively.

“We prepared really hard,” Williams said. “I think when you do that you have a good chance to do what we did today. I think the preparation really helped us and that’s something we have to continue throughout the season.”

Williams finished with three tackles and played a great game at corner. The Sooners were in need all offseason to find who would take the spot opposite of Woodi Washington.

But Williams said the game was far from perfect.

“For me, I think it’s overall fitting gaps and seeing things a little bit sooner. I think I did an ok job but trying to be an elite player I’ve got to do it at a high level consistently.”

That will be the next step not only for Williams but also for the entire Sooners team. To make sure Saturday’s performance wasn’t a one-off and is something they can do week in and week out.

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