Williams brings size, versatility to RB spot

Freshman running back, competing for starting spot, has been compared to Le'Veon Bell by Mark Dantonio, but says they are different players.

The name Le'Veon Bell is synonymous with a star running back around Michigan State.

So naturally when head coach Mark Dantonio said freshman running back Delton Williams looked like Bell after the first practice Saturday, it was quite a statement.

Williams said it speaks to the expectations of him in East Lansing.

"My mom called me and said they have high thoughts about you and they want you to do great things," Williams said Wednesday. "She has told me stay humble and don't let it get to you and just be positive.

"So, that's what I'm going to do. Just because he compared me to Le'Veon Bell, doesn't mean I am Le'Veon Bell. I'm me, I have to do the things I can do."

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Williams is in the midst of a running back competition this fall with four other backs, but he feels there are some strengths he offers.

"I can move," Williams said. "I run like a 4.5 in the forty. … I can get out and catch the ball, my hands are great so I think I can help them out on the offensive side of the ball."

Williams is, however, in the same boat as the rest of his classmates with learning the playbook and adjusting to the college game.

"I think I'm doing alright," he said. "Some things I'm doing little footsteps and other things, but I'll be alright. I'm young right now, but by the time I get up to where other guys are, I should be alright."

He did say that pass protection is a big step up from high school, due to the size and speed of the players. He said junior linebacker Taiwan Jones got a pretty good hit on him Tuesday.

"He blitzed in pass protection – he came right up the middle and I had to fill the gap," Williams said. "I did a great job on it, but after I just felt like I just couldn't think right, but I did what I had to do, so it felt good."

While Williams was recruited as an athlete to MSU (he can play linebacker, too), he said he is open to wherever the coaches want him to play.

"I want to play wherever they put me on the field," he said. "I just want to be the best player I can be and do the best for this program as I can, so I can move on and do good things wherever this take me."

At least for now, the comparisons to Bell make it seems like he will stick on offense. In the meantime, Dantonio's comments about Williams' jersey number in the 20s, the size and the way he hits as the gaps give his teammates something to joke with him about.

"They tease me, but they say Le'Veon Bell wasn't that fast, but he could move," Williams said. "I see that I'm fast, so I think there are some things I can probably do better than him. Some things I can't, but you never know until you get out there on that field and do what you have to do."

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