Tide's Chavis Williams rises to starting role

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - 4Alabama's Chavis Williams has made an
impression on his coaches and teammates, even if many fans aren't
that familiar with him.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide senior is listed as a starter at Sam
linebacker going into Saturday night's opener against San Jose

Williams has made five tackles in his first three seasons,
mostly on special teams.

Coach Nick Saban says Williams is a high-energy player who can
run. Saban says he has gotten bigger and stronger and has a better
understanding of the defense.

Fellow linebacker Dont'a Hightower says Williams is "a great
linebacker" who ranks up there with Mark Barron as knowing the

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