April 18, 2007

Williams up to his old tricks

Ever since his arrival at Kent State, Jack Williams has been known as a playmaker.

The 5-foot-9, 176-pound cornerback from North Stafford, Va., was redshirted as a freshman in 2003, but even then the coaching staff recognized his abilities and named him top defensive scout team player. Williams has since started 26 of 33 games the past three years and returns in 2007 as one of the Golden Flashes' top all-around players.

Being a fifth-year senior, Williams is ready to step into the leadership role left vacant by several defensive players that have exhausted their eligibility.

"It's not too hard because I always felt like I was somewhat of a leader," said Williams. "The seniors that were here, they were leaders too, but I came in with those guys so it wasn't like I was the younger guy. It's a little different because the eyes are on me. I can't let people see me tired and I feel like I have to be the one to make the plays to show everybody that we can do some good things if everybody works together."

So far this spring, Williams has done his best to set a good example. In Saturday's scrimmage he returned an interception for a score and later blocked an extra point attempt.

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