Tifton Georgia Sports

I recently attended a talk by coach Travis Williams on academics and athletics about the challenges and obstacles young students-athletes face in pursuing the dreams of college-level sports that he has given me. This was the second in a series of lectures he has given at Georgia Athletics in recent years about athletics academies.

He took the opportunity to discuss the importance of making good decisions and of participating in learning with enthusiasm and passion. He took us through the demands and how they have changed the recruitment of college graduates across the nation. His message was that pupils - athletes - must be in the classroom and that if they take responsibility for their academic achievements, they can take control of their sporting future. In college athletics, you won't find many people who don't feel like me.

Although he hails from Tifton, Mr. Williams is a figure with whom young men can relate and admire, and he serves as a role model for his young players. Prior to joining CSU, he spent three seasons at UCF, serving as defensive coordinator for a unit that was among the nation's best. He was also the offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator in his final two years at UCF and during his three years as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech the life coach.

Plummer was named defensive MVP of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl with his first - all-team - award, and the kicker was also named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award. Younghoe Koo, who was named to the third team in each of his two seasons as a member of the CSU Special Unit All-American.

The defense of the summer helped UCF to a 10-1 record and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl, and the Eagles were also beaten in the conference. He capped his season with a last-second win over Troy at home, his first career victory in the Mountain West Conference championship game.

Summers, who played for Presbyterian for four years, was named the team captain in 1999 after being selected as a senior linebacker in the South Atlantic. Summers coached three Knights as consistent starters and led UCF's linebackers in 2012, and all three of his defensive players earned the first - team-all - conference award. That included cornerback Jacoby Glenn, who became the first defensive player of the year since UCU joined in 1996.

While Summers was at UAB, kicker Swayze Waters was an All-C USA first-team pick in 2007 and 2008 and played in the NFL preseason, highlighted by a stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011. Under Summers' watch, the Rams defense ranked 20th in the country in passing defense, giving up just 186.3 yards per game under his watch. Uab ranked 17th nationally, with the fewest goals scored in 2012, and freshman kicker Ty Long was named the 2011 "Freshman All-American" by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.

In 2003, Summers helped Presbyterian steer the defensive line, and during the 2004 season he was an assistant sports scientist who reached the postseason Silicon Valley Classic. In 2005, he was named interim defense coordinator before being promoted to full-time defense coordinator in April, when spring camp ended. In his final season as coach of the Blazers, he was a linebacker and safety coach, and he helped mentor Jamie Bender as he led the Blazers with 119 tackles. Summers worked with UAB's safety in 2011 and helped them set a 10-2 record and a trip to the C-USA Championship Game.

Plummer made 108 tackles, seven of them lost, and Marvin Burdette led the Blazers to a 10-2 record and a trip to the C-USA Championship Game. Running back Jonathan Davis was named the team's Most Improved Defensive Player after finishing the year with 99 tackles, including nine for loss.

Coach Williams is a motivator, and during his visit I heard several players and parents applaud him for his commitment to helping young students - athletes. I commend Coach Williams for his training sessions attended by parents of young athletes and his commitment to the school's athletic program.

He has spoken to students, parents, coaches, athletes and coaches from across the state of Georgia. Mr Williams has provided an academic framework for students - athletes - and demonstrated his ability to help them obtain the ingredients needed to be student athletes. He has also shared personal experiences that give him hope and inspiration to inspire his student athletes. I received positive feedback from the participants who appreciated Coach Williams "critical information and willingness to share it.

It is nice to know that there is such an agency for our young athletes and the information he has given us has been very helpful. In addition to the above, I strongly recommend the Academics for Athletics counseling program for high school sports programs that try to educate their students - athletes. Coach Williams' seminar is also recommended to parents of student athletes who want to play at college level, as well as to all high school athletes who have graduated.

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