Monday, January 23, 2012
Gamecock S Brison Williams suspended
By Edward Aschoff
South Carolina is down a man in its secondary.
Coach Steve Spurrier announced over the weekend that freshman safety Brison Williams has been suspended indefinitely from the football team for "conduct detrimental to the South Carolina football team."
Williams played in eight games for the Gamecocks in 2011, recording 11 tackles. His lone start of the season came against Florida when he stepped in for DeVonte Holloman, who was out with a concussion.
Williams originally signed with South Carolina in 2010, but attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy in the fall. He returned to South Carolina last spring, but later broke his arm during preseason practice. He missed the first four games of the season and made his season debut against Auburn on Oct. 1.
Williams is the second South Carolina player to be suspended from the team this offseason. Defensive tackle Byron Jerideau was also suspended after being arrested earlier this month. The junior reserve was arrested and charged with public disorderly conduct and traffic/pedestrian on a controlled access highway (jaywalking). According to a police report, Jerideau was arrested after leaving a bar in Columbia, S.C., and using profane language at oncoming traffic while crossing the street without using a crosswalk. The report also said that Jerideau was nearly hit by a vehicle, and he almost caused an accident.
Per South Carolina policy, Williams' arrest means an automatic suspension from the team.
Jerideau played in all 13 games this season, backing up Travian Robertson inside. He finished the season with seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.