Ball State Class of '09: Eric Williams

BallStateInsider.com will continue the tradition of highlighting each player that signs a letter of intent for a given class. This time around it is the class of 2009. Here is a brief scouting report on each of the 22 players in the class. Today we have the 22nd of those 22 installments.

Eric Williams, 5-11 200 RB, Indianapolis (Warren Central)

What he brings: Eric brings a great ability to run the ball effectively between the tackles. He has good to above average straight-line speed, which means he will be able to convert short burst through the seems of a defense into nice gains. Williams has some good size and brings a solid frame, so running between the tackles and taking that punishment, should be something he can handle. Williams has all the makings of a productive back that can handle a large work load and keep the pressure on the defense that tries to stop the Ball State passing attack. Eric is not a full fledged burner on the edge and doesn't have a great deal of wiggle in the open field, but he has enough speed to make plays and get into the secondary where he can do some real damage.

Areas of improvement: Although Eric comes in with some nice size, he will probably have to continue to build his body up to over 210 in order to handle the work load and punishment he will take and also dole out during his career running between the tackles mostly. Eric must also prove that he is capable of handling a large workload as he was afforded the chance to play with some big time backs in high school and didn't carry the ball a ton until his senior year. Also, Eric must continue to develop the nuisances of the position, like patience, blocking and pass catching out of the backfield.

BallStateInsider.com grade: Getting Eric in a Cardinal uniform was a major coup for Coach Stan Parrish and his recruiting coach – RB coach and OC Eddie Faulkner. Williams was a prolific back that posted some major numbers and flashed loads of talent as a prep and that garnered him offers from Big Ten and ACC schools, but the Cardinals won out. Williams will surely be given a chance to play from the get go, teaming with incumbent starting RB MiQuale Lewis to form a formidable backfield. I fully expect major things from Williams in his career and if he works hard, practices hard and does his work on the field and in the classroom, the sky is the limit for him.


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