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NC State senior wide receiver Jarvis Williams was one of the happiest players on the team when he found out the Wolfpack would be playing in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl.

NC State senior wide receiver Jarvis Williams was one of the happiest players on the team when he found out the Wolfpack would be playing in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl.

The bowl will be played in Citrus Bowl Stadium in sunny Orlando, Florida, and Williams grew up in Orlando where he was a star wide receiver at Jones High School.

"It's an honor to play the last game of my career in my hometown," said Williams. "I was hoping that [NC State would play in the Champs Sports Bowl] after finding out we couldn't make an ACC run. I was just praying I could play in my hometown. I didn't really want to play anywhere else.

"I just what to show out on my home field. That's the field I played my four years in high school on... I've been playing on that field since I was eight years old. I can't wait to get back down there and play on it."

Williams said his family hasn't been able to watch him play a lot during his career which makes this bowl destination even more special. NC State played at Central Florida, which is located in Orlando, earlier in the year, and his mother came up to Raleigh for his final home game against Wake Forest.

"Like I said, I already had in my mind after we lost to Maryland that this is where I wanted to be, and it came true for me," said Williams. and it came true for me. I let my family all know that I'll be playing my bowl game in Orlando, and it's going to be a show. I told them to get their tickets ready."

Wolfpack fans are likely hoping Williams can at least duplicate his performance in his only other bowl appearance when he caught seven passes for 125 yards against Rutgers in the 2008 Papajohns.com Bowl. State will need that type of an effort to defeat a West Virginia squad that is second nationally in scoring defense (allowing 12.8 points per game) and third in total defense (251 yards per game).

"This is going to be a good, competitive team that we're facing," said Williams. "We want a good game, and the Champs Sports Bowl, that's what they wanted. They saw this as the best matchup. We're going make sure we play a good game for them."

Defeating the Mountaineers would give NC State nine wins on the season, a total that hasn't been approached much in Raleigh.

"From what I heard this would be the second-best record in school history," Williams stated if the Wolfpack would win. "It's something that the underclassmen can look forward at, capitalize on and take advantage of... a dynasty that could be in the making. We are a part of making this happen.

"We definitely don't want to lose this game. It's a big game for us and a big game for this origination and family. This will be a strong push for the underclassmen to look to in the spring and upcoming season. We definitely want to win this game for our organization at NC State."

The bowl game will end a solid career for Williams in Raleigh. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has caught 127 balls for 1,687 yards and 19 touchdowns. His 19 TD receptions is the third-best mark in school history.

Heading into 2011 the Wolfpack will be looking to replace Williams and fellow seniors Owen Spencer and Darrell Davis at wide receiver. Williams believe that the talent is still there to succeed and he feels a rising sophomore could really emerge for the Pack.

"Our receiving corp is real unique, everyone has their own style," he stated. "But the one I've seen blossom in my eyes is Quintin Payton. He's doing a good job, and I kind of took him under my wing. He came in just like me, with the opportunity to compete with senior leadership in front of him, to teach him the playbook, what to expect, and the extra work to do so he can be a better receiver. I just see him becoming one of our stars."

What does "J5" think of the future of the Wolfpack?

"The team is really young to be honest," he said. "Like I tell them, don't miss out on the opportunities we had this year... dominate everything. Go out and compete in the spring. It's going to be real competitive.

"NC State's football program is looking very promising."


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