Greg Williams is no longer a member of the Clemson Football Program, All Clemson Tigers learned Monday night.
A spokesperson for the program confirmed what All Clemson Tigers learned. Williams, a defensive end, opted to step away from the team last month.
However, All Clemson Tigers learned Williams, a graduate student, may not have put his name in the transfer portal in advance of the portal window closing. Graduate students, just like undergrads, had a deadline to enter the portal of May 1.
This opens up a scholarship for the Tigers, who entered the offseason over the 85-man limit.
Williams’ departure is not too big of a surprise, though the Tigers could not afford to lose a defensive end considering the lack of experienced players they have at that position. Back at a Prowl and Growl event in Columbia this past April, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney hoped Williams might stay at Clemson.
Swinney acknowledged the 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive end had to decide what he wanted to do and assess what his future as a player, whether at Clemson or somewhere else, might look like in 2023. The Clemson coach also indicated the return of defensive ends Xavier Thomas and Justin Mascoll might have forced Williams’ hand.
With those two back in the lineup, Williams was likely going to continue his role as backup at Clemson.
After redshirting in 2019, Williams recorded a team-high six tackles, including his first career sack against The Citadel in 2020. He finished the season with seven tackles overall, his career-best at Clemson.
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