Williams: 'I'm Jonesing Right Now'

Senior tight end T.J. Williams is a very confident player. Was he slighted when the media voted Virginia Tech's Jeff King as preseason All-ACC? Hear Williams talk about the selection and much more in this exclusive audio from Pack Pride.

T.J. Williams Profile

T.J. Williams (3:51)

Thoughts on Virginia Tech's tight end Jeff King:
I think he's a good tight end. It's obvious that they think a lot about him also. It's just a matter of us two showing who is the best tight end. I see him on film, and I feel like he's a good player. It's just a matter of going out there and doing what we do for our teams.

Do you have a chip on your shoulder after King was selected preseason All-ACC at tight end over you?
I might say it's a little bit of a chip, of course everybody wants to strive to be the best and that's one of the things I want to do. I'm not going to worry about that. I'm just going to go out there and play my game and let all see who is the best.

Are the NC State coaches doing anything differently to get you the ball more this year?
There have been a lot of things in the works. I've been making a lot of plays out here. I'm ready for gametime. Let's see what happens.

Entering this season, what did you want to improve on?
The main thing I think I need to improve on is my explosion off the ball. I feel like I can be faster than what I've been. That's all-around... just be more complete with my blocking game. Nevertheless, there's always room for improvement. I'm never satisfied.

Nervous about the game?
I've never been the nervous type. I'm jonesing right now. We've been working so hard since last offseason, and you're ready to get out there, compete and show everybody how we have improved.

I can say the same for the whole team. I think all of them are ready to compete against someone else. Thoughts on younger tight ends at State:
I feel like those guys are going to be great. Anthony Hill is a big guy, and he's been making a lot of plays out here as well. Octavious Darby has learned the offense very well, and John [Ritcher] has been doing good too. I feel like the tight end is a complete position, and anybody is ready to step up at anytime.

Thoughts on senior leadership:
In the past we've had great senior leadership. There may have been cases on the team where a lot of people didn't want to hear what some of the seniors had to say... in some cases.

I feel like all the seniors this year have a role and are playing a good role, and the younger guys are looking up to them and respecting them. We don't have any guys going out there telling one person to do this when he's doing otherwise. I think it's a good thing we have that.


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