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Oklahoma football: Daryl Williams takes over Gabe Ikard's leadership role

“With Gabe leaving I have to lead by example and vocally. It’s a change, but I can do it for my team. If that’s what my coaches want and what my teammates want, that’s what I’m gonna do.”
by Ryan Aber Published: August 24, 2014

Those goals have motivated Williams.

“I feel fresh. I feel in shape. I feel the best I’ve been since I’ve been here,” Williams said. “This is my last year. I’ve got to go off and be great for my team and hopefully for my future career.”

Over the summer, Williams was one of the players who took over the summer conditioning program.

Director of sports enhancement, Jerry Schmidt, allowed some of the team’s leaders — most notably Williams and quarterback Trevor Knight — to help grade the performances of his peers.

Williams took it hard when teammates slacked off.

“Your good leaders, like Daryl Williams, would be completely mad — like there was going to be a fist fight — when guys miss a time or miss a spring or something like that. That’s how important it was to them,” Schmidt said. “It was amazing.”

His teammates noticed the difference.

“The little things really matter to him,” lineman Josiah St. John said. “The best way we learned from him is by example. When you look over at him and he’s running, you better keep up with him because that’s the standard. He does things right, and that’s really important.”