Texas offensive lineman Patrick Vahe (77) and offensive lineman Connor Williams (55) block Iowa State's JaQuan Bailey (19) for Texas quarterback Shane Buechele(7) in the third quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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PFF: Texas OT Connor Williams continues stellar sophomore campaign

Posted October 25th, 2016

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In a season full of sophomore slumps, one Texas player is bucking the trend.

According to grades put together by Pro Football Focus, left tackle Connor Williams has been off the charts. Through seven games, he ranks third in the NCAA in pass block efficiency and has allowed just two pressures on 225 pass block snaps.

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PFF has been keeping tabs on Williams all season. They had a similar update on him after the Cal game, at which point he was named to the early-season All-America team. Williams was also included on “PFF Dream Teams” for both run and pass-oriented offenses.

Only a true sophomore, Williams will not be eligible for the NFL Draft until 2018, but that hasn’t stopped draft analysts from taking notice of his performance.

He also appears to have gained the respect of his teammates, something that could pay dividends for the Longhorns’ young nucleus. Check out a couple responses he got on Twitter as a result of the Pro Football Focus tweet.

https://twitter.com/charless_94/status/790762454519123969

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