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Oklahoma football: Former Sooners Chris Chester, Trent Williams clearing way for Redskins revival

OKLAHOMANS IN THE NFL — With Robert Griffin III leading the way, the Washington Redskins are back in the playoff hunt. Two former University of Oklahoma offensive lineman are playing an important role in a dynamic Washington offense.
By MIKE BALDWIN Published: December 22, 2012

“He's also willing to put in the work, learn and listen to coaches and veterans. He's humble, which will help him to continue to grow, give him a chance to be a special playmaker in this league for years to come.”

Williams said Griffin's attempt to play on a sprained knee two weeks ago against Baltimore earned respect in the locker room.

“He's very smart. He's very positive. He's very confident. He's a natural born leader,” Williams said. “But what teammates really like is he's a team-first player. No matter how much media hype he gets he's still the same old homeboy. Guys really take to that.”

Individually, Williams said his biggest challenge is playing consistently series to series, game to game.

“It really opens your eyes all the different situations compared to what you see in college,” Williams said. “You can have one of the greatest games of your life the first three quarters but in the fourth quarter you can get embarrassed. If that happens no one remembers the first three.

“It's very hard to have a lot success at this level. If they see a weakness on film, the next three or four opponents will try to exploit it. There are a lot of grown men that are paid a lot of money to make plays. I'm blessed to be here but it's a dog-eat-dog league.”

Chester arrived at OU as a 220-pound tight end. He's methodically worked in the weight room to reach 300 pounds to help him in the trenches.

“I feel good from where I was in college to where I'm at now,” Williams said. “But I feel I've been learning how to be a lineman ever since I got into the league. It's a constant growing experience. I continue to learn about the position.”

Regardless how the final two weeks unfold, the Redskins have a bright future.

“We're a real young team with a tremendous amount of talent,” Williams said. “We have key pieces in the right places, cornerstones the organization that can build around. But tomorrow isn't promised. Next season isn't promised so we're trying to concentrate on our opportunities this year.”