Posted: 12:08 pm Monday, May 12th, 2014

Williams transferring to Troy 

By Michael Carvell

Anthony Williams, who graduated from Georgia Tech last week with a degree in business management, will play his final season of football at Troy.

Williams switched between outside linebacker and defensive end in three seasons at Georgia Tech. He appeared in 28 games for the Yellow Jackets, mostly on special teams.

“At the beginning of this past year, I figured out that I was going to transfer after I graduated from Tech,” Williams said. “I kind of got my name out there, and the defensive line coach at Tech (Mike Pelton) had some connections at Troy University (having coached there). I made a couple of visits to Troy, and it seemed like the best opportunity to finish my last year.”

There were rumors that Williams might join his younger brother at Auburn for one season. Andrew Williams, a senior defensive end at Eagles Landing Christian Academy, signed with Auburn over UGA and Clemson last February.

The elder Williams never looked at Auburn, but said he considered trying to go to UGA or Kentucky. However, that never materialized because a little-known SEC rule prevents graduate students with only one year of eligibility from being able to transfer and play immediately.

Williams said there are no hard feelings about Georgia Tech.

“I don’t regret anything at Georgia Tech,” he said. “I got a great education, made a lot of friends, and enjoyed my time there. I wish the best of luck to Georgia Tech this season.”

15 comments
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

That is a pretty good change from Atlanta to Troy. Larry Blakeney has done a great job for the Trojans. He is a little sleazy but he learned that from the best in Pat Dye. I played againist Larry when he was in HS at Gordo and he was a great little player (QB) and perhaps even better at baseball.

jquick5342
jquick5342

Good luck Mr. Williams. Proud to have you as a fellow alum.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Obviously a smart and well disciplined young man to hang around and get his diploma.  Hope he finds a pot of gold playing for Troy and makes an NFL roster one day.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Mike Banning....why the shot at CPJ?  Do you know that he was not involved in this situation?  Every day you seem to make a less classy post than the day before.  Come on man, grow up.  Glad you are not a UGA fan.  We don't need your kind around the program.

Go Dawgs

juvenal
juvenal

sad about Hunt-Days & Custis, hope they get back on track......

GTBob
GTBob

Williams road at Tech was a little rocky but it was nice to see him graduate. When he was dismissed in January, people weren't sure if he would finish things out. Thankfully he did. Congrats to him and best of luck to him in the future.

Jim70
Jim70

went to tech, got a great education and should be able to play full time at Troy.  Most likely not an NFL prospect, but will do well in the future.


thanks for attending AND graduating from Georgia Tech, and best of luck at Troy and afterwards.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Great to see another Paul Johnson recruit graduate. Best of luck at Troy.

RocketCity_Jacket
RocketCity_Jacket

I am very proud of you for waiting until you got your degree at Tech. You will never regret that decision. Moving to Troy for your last year of eligibility also makes a lot of sense IMHO.

Good luck to you and thank you for your time at Tech.

Caius
Caius

Glad to see Pelton help the GT grad out.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@Quackmeyer

He's taken shots at CPJ for his chosen attire during military appreciation day.  Not much is off limits.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Quackmeyer  

Sadly, he IS a UGA fan. He simply pretends not to be. Kinda like he pretends to be a GT fan. With fans like that, who needs enemies?

1980-was-so-long-ago
1980-was-so-long-ago

@MikeBanning @Caius


Interesting take here, I didn't see in the article specifically where CPJ chose not to use his contacts to help.


I did specifically see where coach CPJ's staff did assist though.  He got his degree and will play at Troy - and let's be honest, if most of his limited work at GT was done on special teams, I doubt Auburn or UGA had any real interest in him except to help lift the team's GPA

lxUn1c0
lxUn1c0

Pelton helped because Williams wanted to go to Troy. If he'd wanted to go to GA Southern or Western Carolina, I'm sure CPJ would have picked up the phone.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning Judging by the other article, it seems he wanted to play close to his brother and didn't want to sit out a year. Troy was a good candidate and Pelton has good connections to Troy. You have no idea if CPJ was involved in that process or not or even if he needed to be. If I remember correctly, CPJ played a roll in Phil Smith going to UCF after he screwed up.