Plebe Army QB gets rave reviews

Curley Hallman was head coach at LSU (1991-94) and served in the same capacity at Southern Miss, where he coached a pretty good quarterback named Brett Favre (1988-90). Hallman knows the game of football. He knows a good chucker when he sees one. And Hallman offers rave reviews about Army freshman quarterback Carson Williams of Cullman, Ala.

"If Bobby Ross likes him then you know he's a good football player," says Hallman, who coaches at Muscle Shoals (Ala.) High. His team played against Williams and Cullman last year. "Bobby Ross got himself a real good player," Hallman added. "I sure would recruit Carson Williams. He's a damn good."

Hallman isn't the only one raving about Williams. Army coach Bobby Ross seems pretty high on him judging by reports and so are fans. Williams, who is 6-foot-4, may very well be the future of Army football.

For now, junior David Pevoto is the starter and he looks like he could be a very capable one. But Williams will always be waiting in the wings. Williams is tough and possesses a cannon of an arm. But what makes him so intriguing is that he turned down Vanderbilt, Arkansas and N.C. State to come to the Academy.

Most Army incoming freshman get minimal Division I attention. So chalk one up for Bobby Ross and his recruiting.

Duke, Oregon, Georgia Tech and the University of Alabama-Birmingham also contacted Williams. He originally leaned towards Vanderbilt, where his mom went to school, later picking Army.

"Carson is just a real intelligent kid and a good competitor," said Cullman High coach Mark Britton. "I think the coaching staff at Army will help him a lot and he will fit in. I expect him to make progress quick."

It seems unlikely that Williams will challenge for the starting job this fall, but you never know what can happen down the road. Much of his future could be decided by how well Pevoto performs.

Williams passed for 2,185 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior at Cullman. He ran Cullman's no-huddle offense smoothly for two years. He likely would have started as a sophomore if he didn't break his collarbone. Williams' strong arm is accurate, as he completed 60 percent of his career passes. Williams didn't start playing at Cullman until his freshman year. He was raw and even had to learn how to throw a football properly. Williams is part of the reason Britton went to a pass-orientated offense.

"I think Carson did the right thing by choosing Army," Britton said. "They did a hell of a job recruiting him. Army appealed to him. He's definitely a great player."

Since Ronnie McAda graduated in 1997, Army has been searching for a star quarterback. There have been plenty of sub-par performances by the likes of Johnny Goff, Joe Gerena and Reggie Nevels.

Zac Dahman tore up Army's record books, but, unfortunately, the Black Knights never had a winning season under him. Maybe Pevoto will be the answer. Let's hope so.

No matter.

Fans can't wait to see Williams throw his pass at Michie Stadium, whenever that may be.


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