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Texas coach Tom Herman: No one will worker harder than Cowboys guard Connor Williams

Texas coach Tom Herman said the Cowboys are getting a hard worker in guard Connor Williams who is strong enough to play inside but versatile and smart enough to play any position on the offensive line.
Texas coach Tom Herman said the Cowboys are getting a hard worker in guard Connor Williams who is strong enough to play inside but versatile and smart enough to play any position on the offensive line. Associated Press

Early on Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys guard Connor Williams posted a sick video of him doing a box jump on Twitter and said he can’t wait for the start of rookie mini-camp on Thursday.

“Thursday can’t come fast enough. Rookie mini camp. Just want to grind and play football. Let’s goooooooo. @dallascowboys"

At 6-foot-5 and 296 pounds, Williams is an athletic marvel who will make the move from offensive tackle in college at Texas to guard with the Cowboys.

A few hours later at the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame ceremony at AT&T Stadium, I caught up with Texas coach Tom Herman and asked him what stood out most about Williams, and he pointed to his strength, athleticism and work ethic.

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“The biggest thing I think about with Connor when you get past how smart he is and how hard a worker he is I think just versatility,” Herman said. “He’s athletic enough to play tackle and be on the edge there. He is strong enough — he is really, really strong — to play guard and I think he is smart enough to play center. There is no position he won’t be able to play. He is going to be a hard worker for them. You are not going to find a guy that works harder than him."

Williams, who gave up just one sack in three years at Texas, is a first-round talent who fell to the Cowboys in the second round. He is expected to start immediately at left guard in place of the departed Jonathan Cooper.

Williams will join a star-studded line in Dallas that has three former first-round picks in left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and guard Zack Martin and a first-round talent in right tackle La'el Collins.

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