Coach Spotlight: Meshak Williams
"He's a big time player," Hutchinson head coach Rion Rhoades said of Meshak Williams. "He's a good young man who has been a lot of fun to coach."
Williams, 6-3.5, 237, presence of the defensive line has helped Hutchinson to a 5-0 start, their best since 1969, and a No. 3 national NJCAA ranking.
"We use Meshak at defensive end," Rhoades said. "He has an excellent 'get-off' from the line. He's good at both stopping the run and using his speed to rush the quarterback. He should finish his career as one of our all-time sack leaders. Last season he had 11.5 as a freshman."
Playing with a cast to shield a broken finger, Williams made his 5th sack of the year in game five against Fort Scott. He also got into the backfield and picked up a Fort Scott blotched pitch, then scampered 21 yards for a touchdown in a 35-10 victory for the Hutchinson Blue Dragons.
"Being here the last two seasons has helped Meshak learn a lot of football," Rhoades said. "He definitely gained a better knowledge of playing the defensive line as far as overall schemes and strategies of the game. He's also done well in the classroom and is set to graduate in 18 months which is what we want all our players to do who come in as academic non-qualifiers."
In 2009, Williams signed a letter of intent to the Kansas State Wildcats out of Worth County High School in Sylvester, Ga. After two seasons with the Blue Dragons, Williams will join the Wildcat program in the spring after a December graduation from Hutchinson.
"Meshak is always upbeat, happy, very personable," said Rhoades. "His work ethic has helped him to continue develop his talent on the field. He's a good teammate to the other players, and one of our leaders."
Through the first four games, Williams (#42) had 18 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and four sacks and one forced fumble. Teammate Angelo Pease, who is having an excellent year in his own right, will join Williams next year in Manhattan, Kansas.
The Blue Dragons next game is October 9th against Dodge City.
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