In the Trenches with Reggie Williams
Sept. 27, 2002
In just over one season of college football, sophomore Reggie Williams hasestablished himself as one of the Huskiesï¿½ all-time leading receivers.Williams went for 134 yards in his first-career game, the springboard to aseason where he would post Pac-10 freshman records for receiving yards(973), single-season receptions (55), single-game receiving yards (203 vs.Washington State) and single-game receptions (11 vs. WSU). Through threegames of the 2002 season, Williams is averaging 110.7 receiving yards pergame and needs just 89 yards in Saturdayï¿½s contest with Idaho to bump DarrylFranklin out of the Huskiesï¿½ all-time top-10 in that category. Ever wonderedwhat itï¿½s like to be Reggie Williams? GoHuskies.com slowed down the receiverto find out:
GoHuskies.com: What was your inspiration to pick up a football andstart playing?
Reggie Williams: 'Watching it on TV and watching my brother playinspired me a lot. My brotherï¿½s four years older than m, so when he startedplaying pee-wee football, I liked it. That just made me want to play, too.'
GH: What kind of build-up goes on in the tunnel before you comingsprinting out onto the field?
Williams: 'Itï¿½s a lot of emotion. Weï¿½re getting hyped up. Personally,Iï¿½m trying to get hyped up and trying to stay loose at the same time, andstay focused on what I have to do. I canï¿½t let myself get too tense, so Iwonï¿½t mess up and do something stupid.'
GH: Is it hard to live up to the expectations that the media and fansput on you?
Williams: 'No, it isnï¿½t hard living up to expectations. I expect moreout of myself every game and every day of practice. I think anyone inAmerica can put pressure on you, but I feel no pressure.'
GH: When you line up at wide receiver, do the defensive backs evertalk trash to you, try to take you out of your game?
Williams: 'No, not so far. Usually they talk after the play or duringthe game, not really before the play.'
GH:How do you block that stuff out?
Williams: 'I talk back. After I start talking, they start wanting totalk a little more.'
GH: Are you pumped that your high school, Lakes of Tacoma, is rollingover everyone this season?
Williams: 'Yeah, Iï¿½m glad Lakes is rolling. I was at the game whenthey beat Highline 87-0; I donï¿½t think we ever beat anybody like that. Iï¿½mglad to see theyï¿½re getting more credit this year, they have some talentedathletes.'
GH: Do you think they are going to the state championship?
Williams: 'Iï¿½ll be very disappointed if they donï¿½t at least go to thechampionship, and if they do go, theyï¿½d better win.'
GH: Whose doghouse do you fear the most: your parentsï¿½, or CoachNeuheiselï¿½s?
Williams: 'I really donï¿½t get in the doghouse too much, but Iï¿½drather not see my dad when Iï¿½m in there.'
GH: Is it nice being able to walk around in sweats all day? They lookcomfy.
Williams: 'Yeah, itï¿½s nice. Itï¿½s morning time and I donï¿½t have to goto school yet, so I just throw on some sweats and go to practice.'
GH: Your sophomore year officially starts Monday; are you nervous forclasses?
Williams: 'Itï¿½s been nice playing games and practicing, not having togo to school, but weï¿½re about to go back to reality. Itï¿½ll be fine. Schoolis school. Iï¿½ve been doing it forever, itï¿½s just one thing you have to dealwith.'
GH: Whoï¿½s a better dresser, you or Paul Arnold?
Williams: 'Better dresser ï¿½ (thinking) I donï¿½t know. We shop a lot ofthe same places. Some days he gets me, and some days I get him. We wear alot of the same things.'
GH: A good dresser knows itï¿½s all about the shoes. What would I findin your closet?
Williams: 'Usually youï¿½ll see me in some Jordans or Timberlands,maybe some Air Forces. Iï¿½d rather have a pair of OeJï¿½s than Timberlands,though.'
contributing to gohuskies.com Steve Hitchcock