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Oregon State Football: Most Valuable Player Countdown - #20 Dwayne Williams

The Beavers’ top CB looks to rebound from injury.

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The college football season is just over one month away! With the off-season quickly coming to an end, Building the Dam is unveiling their top 30 most valuable football players for the 2018 season. We’ll countdown by previewing one player at a time until it’s almost time for some Beaver football.

#20 Dwayne Williams - Cornerback

With Xavier Crawford bolting to Central Michigan, the Beavers’ Cornerbacks need someone to step up and fill a leadership role. Dwayne Williams looks to be that person. Despite being injured early in the 2017 season, Williams has the most experience among Oregon State’s corners, and will be relied on to make plays.

Williams career thus far has been beset by injuries. In 2016, after being promoted to a full-time starter, he was limited to only five games after a pair of injuries. In 2017, he lasted only 3 games. The only season in which he’s been completely healthy, his redshirt freshman season in 2015, he showed promise, with 17 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.

While he’s failed to stay healthy, Williams has shown flashes of the player he could be. In the 2016 Civil War, he had maybe the best game of his career, with 5 tackles and a pass deflection.

If Williams can put it all together and have a healthy 2018, he’ll bring a lot of value to an otherwise untested group of CBs. We’ll have to see if he’s up to the task.

The list so far:

#20: Dwayne Williams - CB

#21: LaMone Williams - DE

#22: Isaiah Dunn - CB

#23: Conor Blount - QB

#24: Omar Hicks-Onu - S

#25: Jeromy Reichner - DE

#26: Hamilcar Rashed Jr. - LB

#27: Isaac Garcia - DE

#28: Shemar Smith - LB

#29: Shawn Wilson - CB

#30: Yanni Demogerontas - OL

Check back tomorrow for #19 on Building the Dam’s countdown.