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In the Trenches with Reggie Williams
Release: 09/27/2002
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Sept. 27, 2002

In just over one season of college football, sophomore Reggie Williams has established himself as one of the Huskies? all-time leading receivers. Williams went for 134 yards in his first-career game, the springboard to a season 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 three games of the 2002 season, Williams is averaging 110.7 receiving yards per game and needs just 89 yards in Saturday?s contest with Idaho to bump Darryl Franklin out of the Huskies? all-time top-10 in that category. Ever wondered what it?s like to be Reggie Williams? slowed down the receiver to find out: What was your inspiration to pick up a football and start playing?
Reggie Williams: "Watching it on TV and watching my brother play inspired me a lot. My brother?s four years older than m, so when he started playing 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 coming sprinting out onto the field?
Williams: "It?s a lot of emotion. We?re getting hyped up. Personally, I?m trying to get hyped up and trying to stay loose at the same time, and stay focused on what I have to do. I can?t let myself get too tense, so I won?t mess up and do something stupid."

GH: Is it hard to live up to the expectations that the media and fans put on you?
Williams: "No, it isn?t hard living up to expectations. I expect more out of myself every game and every day of practice. I think anyone in America can put pressure on you, but I feel no pressure."

GH: When you line up at wide receiver, do the defensive backs ever talk trash to you, try to take you out of your game?
Williams: "No, not so far. Usually they talk after the play or during the 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 to talk a little more."

GH: Are you pumped that your high school, Lakes of Tacoma, is rolling over everyone this season?
Williams: "Yeah, I?m glad Lakes is rolling. I was at the game when they beat Highline 87-0; I don?t think we ever beat anybody like that. I?m glad to see they?re getting more credit this year, they have some talented athletes."

GH: Do you think they are going to the state championship?
Williams: "I?ll be very disappointed if they don?t at least go to the championship, and if they do go, they?d better win."

GH: Whose doghouse do you fear the most: your parents?, or Coach Neuheisel?s?
Williams: "I really don?t get in the doghouse too much, but I?d rather not see my dad when I?m in there."

GH: Is it nice being able to walk around in sweats all day? They look comfy.
Williams: "Yeah, it?s nice. It?s morning time and I don?t have to go to school yet, so I just throw on some sweats and go to practice."

GH: Your sophomore year officially starts Monday; are you nervous for classes?
Williams: "It?s been nice playing games and practicing, not having to go to school, but we?re about to go back to reality. It?ll be fine. School is school. I?ve been doing it forever, it?s just one thing you have to deal with."

GH: Who?s a better dresser, you or Paul Arnold?
Williams: "Better dresser Š (thinking) I don?t know. We shop a lot of the same places. Some days he gets me, and some days I get him. We wear a lot of the same things."

GH: A good dresser knows it?s all about the shoes. What would I find in your closet?
Williams: "Usually you?ll see me in some Jordans or Timberlands, maybe some Air Forces. I?d rather have a pair of OeJ?s than Timberlands, though."

GH: Anything else you want to throw in?
Williams: "Paul Arnold and Cody Pickett are my heroes. I want them to sign my jersey some day."

contributing to Steve Hitchcock

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