Class: Redshirt Freshman
Position: Defensive Line / NO: 99
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Michigan State Spartan fans knew coming into the 2016 season several young players would need to step forward along the Spartans defensive line. Saturday night, redshirt freshman Raequan Williams took his first step forward in claiming more playing time as the season progresses.
Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio praised Williams play against Notre Dame.
“Raequan is a redshirt freshman so this is only his second game and his first game in a national type broadcast type game,” said Dantonio. “Huge play in the game, I think at the end of the game where he has a sack and takes it from a third and two to a fourth and seven I believe.
“He’s improved, greatly improved I think from the first game and like so many of our young players, they are just scratching the surface. He’s a big talented very physical guy that’s learning to play football at this level on a consistent basis. But I thought he played much better and that will pay dividends.”
Against the Irish Williams may have only posted two tackles, however, as Dantonio stated he recorded a big one on the Irish final drive of the game when he sacked DeShone Kizer forcing Irish head coach Brian Kelly to punt the ball away and then watch as the Spartans ran out the clock sealing the victory.