June 13, 2017

Trying to make his mark

Running back Terry Williams during a pre-season game on June 6, 2017 (Photo by David Moll)

Running back Terry Williams inserted himself into the Battle of Alberta when he ripped off what everyone thought was a 21-yard TD run in Sunday’s pre-season game against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Of course, they’d rule him down at the one-yard line and quarterback Andrew Buckley would punch it in on the very next play.

“At first I thought I got it in and I was pumped,” said Williams. “But then I saw the replay and saw that I didn’t get it.”

As he explains it, he was just taking what the defence gave him.

“They were calling out everything that we were doing, so I tried to change it up,” Williams noted. “I was trying to follow my eyes and my blockers did a great job from the offensive linemen to the receivers. I just followed my track and I used my instincts to try and find the endzone. When I got to the end, I tried to dive and score but I didn’t get it.”

The 5-foot-9, 203-lb., tailback picked up 41 yards on the ground in Edmonton, bringing his pre-season total to 70 yards on just 10 runs. Following in the footsteps of his veteran backs who impressed earlier in the game, Williams made the most of his reps against the Eskimos.

Sitting on the sidelines to start the game, the 25-year old was blown away by the energy and tension between the two teams.

“It was good. I didn’t get right into the game like I did with the first game because all the vets ended up playing, but it was good,” Williams said. “I watched Messam and Roy do their thing and tried to replicate what they were doing. It was a different atmosphere. It felt like a big rivalry game.”

Since earning a trip north from his try-out at the Stamps Florida mini-camp in May, Williams has been trying to leave everything on the field with each practice, work out, and game.

While the Morristown, N.J., native has made big plays and looked good in the two pre-season contests, he admits he has room to grow.

“Camp is going great,” said Williams. “I’m trying to fly around but there’s a lot thrown at me at once. There’s a lot of room for improvement for myself. I’m just trying to get better and go back to watching film, watch the vets and do what they do.”

Rookie camp and main camp can be a bit overwhelming and while there’s been a lot put on his plate, he’s been able to handle it with the help of his veteran running backs.

“It’s becoming a lot smoother,” admitted Williams. “The first day coming in there was so much stuff and then when the vets got here, it was a lot. The vets are helping me through the transition and learning the game and the rules. It’s been a lot, but I feel like it’s going well for myself.”

The talented tailback has been successful running the ball so far for the Stamps, but the former Golden Bear at Kutztown University is more than one dimensional.

Williams has been active in special teams, returning punts and kicks. In the pair of games he’s suited up for, he has ran five kicks for 145 yards, averaging 29 yards per run.

“Whatever the coaches want me to do to help the team win, I’ll do it,” stated Williams. “Whether it’s returning kicks, playing receiver, running back, anything it doesn’t matter. I’m just trying to put my best foot forward and try to help get the win.”