Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams warms-up before the spring game. 

He might have been the least-heralded of the four true freshmen to enroll early at Nebraska. But, spurred on by depth issues at safety, freshman Aaron Williams from Atlanta is making the most headway of those four.

“Aaron, man, he’s just getting after it,” senior safety Byerson Cockrell said. “I tell him all the time: From watching him, I learn myself because, honestly, he does some things better than me.”

Said safety Kieron Williams: “Aaron’s good. Aaron’s good. He can do things I couldn’t do when I was that age.”

Defensive backs coach Brian Stewart said Williams’ early enrollment helped him “not to get overwhelmed.”

“He’s just smart,” Stewart said. “He’s getting the most out of his reps, making plays, doing a good job making plays. Basically, he’s just a smart kid.”

Cockrell has begun camp as the top safety opposite Nate Gerry, but once Nebraska dons full pads, it’s hard to say how much work he’ll get as he fully recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Cockrell said he tore ligaments in his right shoulder after falling on it during the spring game. Cockrell said doctors told him he’d had old tears in the shoulder.

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