Nov 5, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jesse Williams (54) reacts after the Crimson Tide lost 9-6 in overtime to the LSU Tigers at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Opponent Player Preview: Jessie Williams

The 6’4” 320 Defensive Tackle from Brisbane, Australia is a dominant force on the inside of the Crimson Tide Defensive Line. Jessie Williams is a force. He leads the Tide in tackles for a Defensive Linemen. Pushing him out of the running lane is going to be extremely difficult.

To compare Williams to Louis Nix as far as size, Nix is 1-inch shorter and 6-pounds heavier. Basically, they are the same player. This season, Irish fans have seen how hard it is to block Louis Nix. Williams is almost as equally as hard to block.

Williams has had some of his biggest games against Alabama’s toughest opponents. In the battle in Death Valley against LSU, he collected 7 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. When the Tide fell to Texas A&M, Williams also had 7 tackles and added 1 sack.

Defense is not the only spot where Williams is utilized. In goalline and short yardage situations, Williams is brought in as a Fullback to block for one of Alabama’s great Running Backs. Having a 320-pound lead blocker is always helpful for the Offensive Line.

Jesse Williams is the epitome of physical. But, thankfully for Notre Dame, they are very physical as well. The interior Offensive Line players (Braxston Cave, Chris Watt, Mike Golic Jr.) will need to match his physicality. Notre Dame needs to move the ball on the ground to be successful in this game. Moving him out of the way will help with this. If Notre Dame faces Williams in the Red Zone, they will have to continue to out physical teams trying to get in the end zone by running the ball.

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