Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Leland native Williams honored by GSC

CLEVELAND — Leland native and South Delta High alum Garrett Williams patiently awaited his turn to make a big splash on the Delta State defense.
And after three seasons, the 5-foot-9, 190 pound defensive back has started to make some noise. Williams, who had two key interceptions last week to secure a victory over Arkansas Tech, was named the Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Week Monday afternoon.
Even in the glory, Williams gives the credit to his fellow Statesmen.
“I have 10 other guys that also (did) their job, and perhaps the ball just came my way and I just did my job — and great things happened,” said Williams.
Currently, Williams ranks second on the team in tackles — with 23 — behind Xavier Triplett. He also has one of DSU’s four sacks.
Before this season, Williams saw limited action, recording 55 tackles in the past three seasons.
DSU coach Ron Roberts said the former high school running back has paid his dues.
“He’s been here for four years and has definitely paid his dues in this program. And he’s been a tremendous leader through fall camp (and) the spring,” said Roberts. “He’s well deserved of the attention he’s getting for the effort that he’s put in.”
At South Delta High School in Rolling Fork, Williams was a stud at running back, and was voted the team’s MVP in both football and baseball.
Williams said it was a tough transition when he first arrived to campus, but after getting some tutelage from then-starter Robert Watts, it “just clicked.”
Williams said he knew this year would be different for him compared to his last three seasons in Cleveland.
“I was expecting it.....plays came my way and I just executed them,” he said.

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