Holy Spirit's Winters springs to life on field
Wed. September 26, 2012 at 11:27 p.m. | By Brett Hudson
Quiet off the field, Holy Spirit’s William Winters (50) is a force to be reckoned with between the lines. (Photo by T.G. Paschal)
TUSCALOOSA | William Winters walks the halls of Holy Spirit Catholic School as the everyday student does. In fact, he may do so less notably than his classmates.
"He’s very quiet," Holy Spirit coach Greg Kosloff said. "He’s a big kid, by far the biggest football player on our team and probably the strongest. But he never really draws attention to himself in the hallways or in the classroom."
When the 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker steps onto the football field, however, he is anything but average.
"He’s a completely different animal when he’s on the field," Kosloff said. "He takes over as a leader on the field."
Winters explained the drastic change simply.
"I’m just doing what’s best for my team," he said.
Winters takes command of his defense both vocally and by example, leading the team with 46 tackles just four games into the season.
Winters has earned his accolades through hard work.
"He comes everyday to practice and works hard," Kosloff said. "He’s always in the weight room getting stronger. He really has a nose for the football.
"He has an instinct for the ball. He really knows the game, he’s very smart. His work ethic is very good and it carries over into Friday nights."
Winters takes his practice time very seriously.
"It’s all about getting better in practice every day," he said.
The intelligence Winters displays on the football field might be more important than his effort in practice.
It has definitely benefitted the Titan coaching staff.
"He comes to the sidelines often with suggestions,"Kosloff said of Winters’s ability to identify offensive schemes and know when to use blitzes.
All in all, Winters is a coach’s dream player.
"We watch film as a staff on Sundays, and he’s always in the front of the room on Mondays when we watch film with them," Kosloff said.
Winters cannot put his up impressive defensive numbers by himself. He uses defensive tackle Derrick Garnett to draw blocks away from him so he can make the tackles his defense needs.
"Sometimes he’s double-teamed himself," Kosloff said of Winters.
"Derrick Garnett gets double-teamed sometimes, and he’s second in tackles. They kind of free each other up."
Winters loves the relationship the two have which makes the defense much more difficult to push around.
"I’m just trying to put myself in a position to help the team,"
Winters said. "It’s all about teamwork."