Demorrio Williams, Kilgore College, Kilgore Texas 6 foot 1, 200 pounds
When Texas junior college linebacker Demorrio Williams was agonizing over where to spend the next two years of his football career, Kilgore (Texas) Junior College head coach Jim Rieves offered some succinct advice.
" I told him 'I don't know if there is a better scholarship you can get than to Nebraska,'" Rieves said. "I don't know there is any better place you can go."
But make no mistake, there were plenty of potential suitors hoping to lure the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American to their campuses The big four in the Lone Star State all showed early interest but backed off once Williams became a solid commit to Nebraska, Rieves said. What they all coveted was Williams' rare speed and stunning playmaking ability that set him apart on a defensive squad that dominated Texas' formidable Division I feeder system.
During the 2001 season, Williams averaged nearly 10 tackles per game for the 12-0 Rangers as they swept to the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. Against Tyler Junior College, Williams recorded 12 tackles and a sack. The next week in a 38-0 rout of Northeast Oklahoma A&M, Williams forced and returned a fumble 45 yards for a score. On the season, the Rangers limited opponents to less than nine points per game on average.
Rieves said Williams could be an immediate contributor and didn't believe Nebraska would have offered if they felt he wasn't up to task. Characterized as a "good kid who is very humble and down to earth," Williams possesses the potential to stand out at the next level as well, Rieves said.
"The whole defense was special but Demorrio led by example and did everything he could for the team.
"He's the complete package and he's going to work hard to get the job done," Rieves continued, "He's the most unbelievable athlete I have been around."