After starting his career at Clemson as a grayshirt, Jalen Williams has shown steady progress in his two seasons in the Tiger program.

The former Blythewood Bengal is currently listed as a backup to Dorian O'Daniel at the strongside linebacker spot. But Williams, like many of his teammates, is motivated to show the coaches he is ready for a bigger role in 2017.

"We've got a lot of guys on the team that want to prove themselves," Williams said.

"That's what we're all here to do. We all came here to play ball. We're all here to work. That's' what we're here to do in camp - to prove that we can play."

Williams has returned to his hometown of Blythewood and he says being on a national championship team has given him the ultimate bragging rights.

"I'm from Columbia so I like to brag a little bit," Williams said.

"My mom went to Carolina. I've got a lot of friends that go to Carolina. We talk trash a little bit. But it's all fun and games. I love going back home. I go back to see my teachers and coaches from there. So, it's really good going back home to see them."