As Mario Cristobal looks to bring the Oregon Ducks back to the elite status the program enjoyed under Chip Kelly, the new head coach is hoping championship resumes will spark a change in the culture.
Enter special teams coordinator Bobby Williams.
Oregon special teams coach Bobby Williams brings winning pedigree with him to Eugene: https://t.co/IkIJjxpvqX
— Duck Territory (@DuckTerritory) April 15, 2018
Before joining Cristobal’s staff, Williams has been a longtime assistant to Alabama’s Nick Saban for nearly two decades. Now Williams is looking to bring his mindset, which has helped pave the way to five national titles, to Eugene.
“We had some success at Alabama in the kicking game,” Williams said on Saturday during his first media availability since taking the job in January. “We’ll bring some new ideas here. They’ve embraced what we’re doing. The guys have been all-in. It’ll be interesting to see how well we progress and develop going forward.”
Williams intends to use a mix of offensive and defensive starters, reserves and walk-ons on his units.
“We’re looking at everybody,” he explained. “It’s a third of the game. It’s very important. There are a lot of plays to be made in the kicking game. But you also use some reserve players too, because you can’t use your starters all the time.”
Of course Cristobal also has experience working under Saban, so the transition was an easy one for Williams.
“Bobby is a long-time friend and one of the most respected professionals in the business,” Cristobal said. “I think he saw what we all saw when we came out here, it’s an opportunity at one of the premier places in the country.”