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November 29, 2011
Army honor caps incredible stretch for Williams
The hallmark of a college football player's career would be winning the Heisman Trophy.
Start with Saturday, when his underdog Dekaney squad defeated Longview 17-6, moving the Wildcats a step closer to their goal of a Texas high school state championship. This week, Williams and his team prepared to make history for Dekaney against Westfield in the quarterfinals.
Next up was Monday, when Rivals.com unveiled the latest Rivals100 rankings. Seven new five-stars, including Williams at No. 13, joined the elite club.
And finally, on Tuesday the trifecta was complete for Williams when he was presented with his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey.
"There a lot of emotions," he said. "I am mostly proud. I am proud of my team. We have never done this before. This is making history. It is a blessing.
"First, I want to give thanks to the Lord. Without him I would not be able to have done this. And, of course, thank you to my coaches and the team for their support. It is an honor, to be a part of this. I watched the game as a kid and never realized I would someday to be playing in it myself. It is an honor and a blessing."
His goal at the Army Bowl on Jan. 7 at San Antonio's Alamodome?
"Get two touchdowns," Williams said, "(and) make a lot of runs and a lot of catches, to show I can catch, too."
As for the week's early honor - Williams' five-star recognition - Rivals.com analyst Brian Perroni said Williams was being considered for the five-star status as a junior before being marked as a four-star. But he made enough progress during his senior season to prove worthy of his star promotion.
"I thought to myself, 'Is it me and my size?' " Williams said. "I kept thinking about it but then was like scratch that, I am just going to keep working and working and working. My team worked during the summer, we come out to practice every day working as hard as we can and we work in the gym lifting weights and doing agility drills. All the work, it pays off, and I got the fifth star. It feels great."