MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - “I’m really excited, especially being part of the the first football team for South Alabama, I think it’s going to be really fun … At home – they were just getting started, they were recruiting me real hard, so it seemed like they wanted me real bad,” said Enrique Williams on his signing day in February of 2009.
In 2009 the Blount High School graduate signed with South Alabama – in the school’s inaugural football season. His thoughts on playing for the Jags – hasn’t changed much since then.
“Well, back then they had Coach Craig, he was the one who recruited me, he also went to Blount, and he used to come up there all the time during the day and he used to tell me where the program was headed and what were all the teams that we would play in the future, and I thought it was interesting – and I thought it would be a humbling experience to be a part of the first team at South Alabama being from Mobile.”
Williams was more than a ‘part’ of the first team at South – the linebacker played in all 7 games in ’09 – recorded 24 tackles as a true freshman, fourth on the team.
At Blount, Williams primarily played running back – until an opportunity put him on the other side of the ball.
“I was strictly a running back at Blount and my 11th grade year I told the coaches I could play defense as well and they laughed and told me I was the star running back so they didn’t need me on defense, but I got my opportunity when one of the starting line backers went down and it’s been on since.”
He’s right – it has been on. The linebacker was selected as Honorable Mention All-Sunbelt and racked up 105 tackles last season.
FOX10 “And did you like that position better than running back?”
ENRIQUE: “Yeah I definitely like giving hits rather than receiving.”
Giving hits seems to be Williams’ specialty.
This will be the first year the Mobile-native and the Jags are eligible for a league title and a bowl game.
Williams is ready to make his senior year, one to remember.
“Being able to make it to a bowl game, I think it has everyone more focused and just set on making it to that bowl game and being the first team to do so.”
“They have the song – started from the bottom now we’re here, is that how you guys feel about this year? Chip on your shoulder, you want to make it happen?” – “Yeah it is – because we really have came from the bottom and now we here – like the song says.”
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