Posted: Oct 3, 2012 2:37 PM by Bill Halter
Updated: Oct 10, 2012 10:14 AM
Cal Poly senior slotback Deonte Williams is one of the stars who has emerged during the Mustangs 4-0 start to the season. Williams is averaging 152 yards rushing per game which is the fifth best mark in the nation. He's scored seven touchdowns.
Williams has taken a complicated road to San Luis Obispo. He started his college career at Northern Arizona where he was named Newcomer of the Year after scoring 12 touchdowns and rushing for 960 yards. After his debut season, Williams transferred to Sierra Junior College to get closer to his Sacramento home.
"I ended up leaving Northern Arizona due to some family situations. Being away from home, being a little home sick. And my mom and my sister really depend on me with certain things so I just came back home" said Williams.
After an All-American season at Sierra, Williams decided to finish his career at San Diego State, but a grade got in the way.
"Right before camp came along I found out I was going to be ineligible based on one of my grades from junior college that didn't transfer through" said Williams.
Williams sat out the year while he retook the class that made him ineligible. "I worked out every day, the hardest time was Saturday. I tried to watch a little college football and it was so tough. I would get motivated and just say, man I'm going to go workout."
Once again Williams had to choose a college and this time, Cal Poly was the pick. Last season Williams was the Mustangs fourth leading rusher as he took on an unfamiliar role of back up.
"Honestly it was surprising. I was a little shocked. But it was something that I look back now and I'm glad I went through it. It was tough, my hole life I'd never been in a situation like that" said Williams who rushed for 385 yards and five touchdowns.
This offseason the Cal Poly coaches added some things to the playbook for Williams and he has already outperformed his junior season. Williams is averaging eight yards per carry.
"I'm all happy now, you see me producing big yards every game" said Williams with a smile.
"There's a lot of guys that can handle success and then there's guys that success is something that is their expectation of themselves. He expects to be successful" said Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh.
Williams and the Mustangs play at 0-5 Weber State on Friday night at 5:00pm Pacific time. Cal Poly is ranked 19th in the FCS Coaches Poll and 20th in the media poll.
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