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Mississippi State redshirt offensive lineman Darryl Williams is grateful for his redshirt season

Mississippi State redshirt offensive lineman Darryl Williams is grateful for his redshirt season.

"When I got here I had to adjust very quickly to knowing that I wasn't one of the biggest linemen like I was in high school and also that I didn't know what was going on," said Williams. "So, the best thing for me to do was to redshirt and get better."

One of the veteran offensive linemen quickly took Williams under his wing.

"Devon Desper took me under his guidance when I first got here and showed me the ropes and how to get better," said Williams. "He talked to me about how I needed to step on plays so I could get ready to play this season."

Williams also changed his body during his time redshirting.

"When I got here I was 318, now I am at 305," said Williams. "I really lost fat and added muscle. My body fat went from 31% to 21%. I feel more confident and in better condition now. I don't get tired like I did before. My body feels so much better now; I can rock off the ball every play now."

Overall, he feels he is much farther ahead than he was as a true freshman.

"I feel like I am about 5 steps ahead of where I was when I first got here but I probably have 5 more steps to go to get to where I want to go," said Williams. "And I know I will continue to get better with my footwork and my pad protection. I plan on continuing to get better every day."

Continuing to improve his game is very important to Williams because he understands the importance of the offensive line.

"If one person messes up, especially on the offensive line, then it can shut the entire play down," said Williams. "You have to come in and work hard each and every day."

While Williams is very excited about the upcoming season, he also knows he has a long way to go before he is a finished product. And he believes he has one of the top coaches in the country to help him get there.

"My thoughts going into the season is I am going to continue to learn and get better and continue to learn from (Mississippi State offensive line) Coach (John) Hevesy, one of the great coaches in college football," said Williams. "To be able to learn from him is a great opportunity for me."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network.

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