Friday, October 27, 2006


True Frosh To Start At Wideout

Last year's Arizona high school player of the Year Kyle Williams will see the playing field for the first time in his collegiate career on saturday as he shoots from the scout team to a starting position at wide receiver against the Huskies. He's a little fella at 5'10", but was a monster on kick returns and as an all-purpose back, scoring 30 TD's for Chapparal High School in his senior year. His proud papa Ken is the GM for YOUR world champion Chicago White Sox, and Kyle is expected to play baseball for the Sun Devils alongside apparently underacheiving WR/centerfielder Mike Jones.

The common comparison of Kyle WIlliams is to former Sun Devil and local product Shaun McDonald. Williams is a few inches taller and a step slower than Lil' Shaun, but some have said that he has "that ability" to create separation downfield, along with tremendous vision and the ability to run towards daylight. He was recruited specifically to play the deep threat WR in Koetter's system and has looked good in practices this week. (big thanks to JohnB. from the Ranch) I know the picture is a little blurry; it's because he's too fast to be caught on film. It's creepy though, he actually looks a little like McDonald.

Keep your eyes on #6 tomorrow.

Many expect Williams to fill the returner hole vacated by senior Terry Richardson, who suffered a knee injury late in last Thursday's practice. If Carpenter can connect with him on a deep route early in the game, monster running back Ryan Torain could have a career day against UW, since our last several opponents have been cheating ther safeties up knowing full well that Carp couldn't/wasn't allowed to throw a deep ball. The season and a decent bowl bid are still salvagable, and while I'm skeptical of Koetter burning this talented kid's redshirt so late in the season I admire Koetter's stance of putting the best players on the field despite their class ranking. This may come off as a desparate attempt to save his own job, but it's probably good for Dirk to have to think that way every once in awhile. What the hell, it worked against Arizona last year. Have I mentioned how much I love this video?

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