Williams talks about All-American Bowl

Benedictine RB Ray Williams had a chance to show what he can do in today's nationally-televised All-American Bowl, and he stepped up with two big plays.

He wasn't the biggest-name running back to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but Raymond Williams of Cleveland Benedictine High School performed like he was, scoring one touchdown and then being knocked out of bounds at the two-yard line in a bid for another.

"It was excellent playing with all of the best players from all around the country," Williams said. "It was a new experience that I haven't ever come across before. There was a lot of competition out there."

And in limited chances during the game to touch the football, Williams, the 2003 Mr. Football recipient in Ohio, was able to stand out amongst that top-notch competition.

"I'm really proud of myself," said Williams who was added to the East squad with the help of Ted Ginn Sr., the head coach at Cleveland Glenville High School. "I out-performed my expectations, sort of."

Williams biggest play in the game came on a 31-yard touchdown catch on a swing pass out of the backfield, displaying his signature moves and vision while racing through numerous defenders for the score.

"I just kept telling Coach that if I get the ball in my hands then I'm going to make something happen," Williams said. "And that's what I did."

Later in the game, Williams caught an on-side kick attempt by the West on the dead run and raced to the 2-yard line where he was knocked out of bounds before making it into the end zone.

"Actually I thought I was in there," he said, "but they said I stepped out of bounds."

Williams said he was really happy just to be able to contribute like he did to the East victory.

"I'm real proud of the fact that I made a big contribution in the game," he said. "That means that I didn't let the people down for letting me into this All-American game."

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