Cadillac Earning His Tampa Bay Bucks

Tommy Tuberville talks about Auburn graduate Carnell Williams and his strong start as a pro player.

Auburn, Ala.--NFL rookie Carnell Williams is off to a record-setting start as a running back for the Tampa Bay Bucs and his college head coach, Tommy Tuberville, says he isn't surprised the Cadillac is running smoothly at the next level.

Williams, an All-SEC performer and a team leader for Auburn's unbeaten 2004 SEC Championship team, has rushed for more yards through three games than any rookie in the National Football League's history.

"He's a gamer," Tuberville says. "He is the type of player you love to have on your team. He will do a lot for that program down there."

Williams has 88 carries for 439 yards for the surprising Bucs, who are 3-0 this season. Williams is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and surpassed the best three-game NFL rookie total held by Alan Ameche, who rushed for 916 yards at 4.5 yards per carry as a rookie for the Baltimore Colts in 1955.

"It is not surprising at all," Tuberville says of Williams, who was the fifth pick in the first round of the NFL Draft, three spots behind his teammate, running back Ronnie Brown. "Everybody asked why does Ronnie not start over Carnell," Tuberville says. "That is one of the reasons. Carnell is a fast starter, no matter what league he is in. He loves playing the game.

"I talked to a reporter in Tampa yesterday and he said that Carnell has taken this city by storm," Tuberville adds. "He will take the league by storm because he loves to play the game. He plays hard every down. Not that Ronnie didn't, but he was just the type of guy who enjoyed the starting role, the pressure, if somebody needs to win the game ‘give me the ball.' He was that type of player."

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