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'Unselfish' running back Williams leads Utah State in rushing, receiving, touchdowns

By Chadd Cripe, The Idaho Statesman Published: December 15, 2012
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Williams has rushed for at least 100 yards in the past three games and has produced at least 100 yards from scrimmage in six straight. He rushed for 162 yards and gained 125 receiving in the second-to-last regular-season game, the Aggies' big win at Louisiana Tech.

He praises the offensive line, which not only creates space in the run game but also gets downfield on the many screen passes that Williams has turned into big plays.

“They do a great job opening up holes for me and all I have to do is run,” Williams said.

He says he's physical when he needs to be, but his key attribute is explosiveness. That's why his yards per carry and catch are so high.

Twice this year, Williams has taken a screen pass to the end zone on the Aggies' first offensive play — an 86-yard TD against Louisiana Tech and a 76-yarder against New Mexico State.

“I try to be a big-play back,” he said.

About three-quarters of his catches are by design, he said. The rest are dump-offs from Keeton.

Williams enters the final game leading senior wide receiver Matt Austin by one catch and 11 yards in the season stats.

“That's just us putting the ball in one of our best players' hands and allowing him to do whatever he wants with it,” Keeton said. “And it's turned out to be successful for us.” Williams, who is from Las Vegas and was part of Andersen's first recruiting class, says he appreciates the education he's received as well as the football experience at Utah State.

He expects to say thanks Saturday.

“I think that me going out there and playing my best and ending the season off with a victory would only be right,” he said, “to repay (the coaches) for all the opportunities they've given me.”

Distributed by MCT Information Services


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