Vince bringin' the hit stick

When Vince Williams enrolled at Florida State University this past January, strength and conditioning coach called the linebacker a "physical specimen". Williams has since had a spring and a fall camp to get used to the college level of football and his hard work showed on the football field this past Saturday, especially on one play.

Vince Williams is one of three Florida State players who arrived this spring and have had an extra month of practice before playing their first ever football game this past Saturday night.

"It was exciting to get the feeling of playing in the atmosphere of Doak Campbell stadium for the first time."

Playing in his first game, Williams made himself eligible to try and win the big hit of the week award. The award is a garnet and gold stick that the team calls a hit stick. Each week, the coaches nominate a few plays that will be reviewed by the team and voted on following a film session.

Williams didn't take long to give himself a nomination worthy play. On a bad snap, the Western Carolina quarterback dropped the ball and bent over to pick it up. Just as he was standing straight back up after getting the ball back, the quarterback was met by 237 pound linebacker Vince Williams and buried into the turf of Bobby Bowden Field.

"I really didn't expect it [the award]," Williams said. "The way I caught the play, I was just playing real hard and hustling, so I guess great effort pays off."

Williams was more than pleased with his hit and the play but feels that those are the type of plays he needs to do week in and week out.

"It was a play that I should have made, and I made the play."

Williams did later admit that his big hit looked nice on film than he expected it to.

"When I made the play I didn't know it looked that bad," the freshman from Polk County said. "But when we watched it in film review, everyone was like ‘ohhh' and everything."

Florida State went on to lay several big hits and make many more big plays in route of Western Carolina Saturday night and can't wait to get on the game field and do it again. The excited from the fans is starting to grow and that is exactly what Williams wanted heading into this season.

"This is what we came here for," Williams said. "Things are going to change. Fans aren't going to be just sitting in the stands for four quarters of football. Doak Campbell is going to change."

Williams says he and his teammates were inspired on their trip over to Thomasville, where the team stays every Friday night before a home game. The coaches gave the team a little reminder of what Florida State football is all about and the team took it to heart.

"On our way to Thomasville Friday night we were watching the old Florida State highlights and everything was a team effort. Even the celebrations were team's things, Vince said. "The defense would all swarm to the ball but then they would all swarm to go celebrate after they make the play, so we just want to bring that back."




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