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LSU cornerback Greedy Williams (29) intercepts a deep pass during the first half of the Tigers' season opener against BYU on Saturday night.

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Greedy Williams’ rise from redshirt freshman to a key member of LSU’s top-ranked Southeastern Conference defense has been almost mercurial.

Going into preseason practice in late July, Williams didn’t know what his role would be with the Tigers’ defense.

Six weeks later, he has two starts under his belt at left cornerback and is doing what he can to keep his hold on the job Kevin Toliver held the past two seasons. Toliver didn’t make the trip to New Orleans for the season opener with BYU, and Williams got the start and responded with an interception on the seventh snap of his college career.

On Saturday night, the Shreveport native had another interception in the Tigers’ 45-10 blowout of Chattanooga and leads the SEC with two picks and also tops the league in passes defended with 2.5 per game.

Toliver, who started 13 games in his first two seasons, returned against UTC and played sparingly. With the way Williams has performed so far, Toliver may find it difficult to reclaim his job.

“It’s a good problem to have, obviously, that Greedy waited his turn,” coach Ed Orgeron said Monday. “Someone blinked. He moved in. And he’s holding on to that spot … he doesn’t want to give it up. That’s what we like about competition.

“There’s no sacred spots on our football team,” Orgeron added. “We’re going to play the best players regardless of seniority of anything. And we want the guys that are playing the best. And right now, Greedy is doing that.”

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Williams said his teammates have been encouraging him, which has helped keep his confidence up. Yet, he’s moving on with the mindset that he can’t relax one bit.

“It’s not getting too complacent with myself,” he said. “It’s every day, you know, (try to) improve and be better as a player and also as a person. It’s just going out and practicing and doing what the coaches are teaching me, and just trust in the process.”

Williams isn't the only guy who has won a starting job over the first two games. LSU's depth chart Monday revealed several changes to positions that used to have co-starters, including Buck outside linebacker (K'Lavon Chaisson) and free safety (Grant Delpit). 

Chaisson has rotated with redshirt freshman Ray Thornton and Delpit with senior Ed Paris.

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