After injuring a hamstring against Houston September 21, Brown did not pronounce Williams fully recovered until his Nov. 2 game at Nebraska. In the past two weeks, the Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist (nations outstanding receiver) has registered 333 yards on 21 catches and three touchdowns. As such, Williams is the teams Darrell K. Royal Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week.
Nebraskas game plan was not to let Texas running game beat them (given the rushing output the previous week against Iowa State, and the fact that Williams and SE Sloan Thomas were nursing hamstring injuries).
"I would have done the same thing given the information that they had," Brown said.
In response, Williams torched the Children of the Corn for a season-best 161 yards on a school record 13 receptions and two touchdowns. The Huskers even assigned their best defender (DeJuan Groce) to Williams as the game wore on but to no avail as QB Chris Simms rolled up a school record 419 passing yards.
Texas most effective offensive play all season has been the simple hatch pass to Williams.
"On the first play of the game Saturday, he catches a 2-yard pass and turns it into seven, " Brown said. "A hitch (pass) to him is a 12-yard gain. Its not like a hitch at all. In fact, my brother (UAB Coach Watson Brown) was watching us on film and he saw where Roy caught a hitch against Houston, made five (defenders) miss him, fall down and break their ankles and runs it in for a touchdown. (Watson) called and said, We dont have that kind of hitch. Thats a different hitch for you all than it is for us."
Its the same kind of hitch, but theres a catch: the man catching the ball. He simply isnt human.
The 6-4, 210-pound junior tied Mike Adams' 1993 school record for career 100-yard receiving games (9) with 172 yards on eight grabs against Baylor. Williams also holds the UT record for career touchdown receptions (21) and the school record for catching at least one pass in consecutive contests (31). For his career, Williams is averaging 15.5 yards every time he touches the ball.
"All of our receivers are good, but his height and his reach is such that on smaller cornerbacks hes very difficult to cover," Brown said. "If you put one (defender) on him, hes going to win. When hes been healthy, its what hes done. During the three games he wasnt healthy (Tulane, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma) we werent nearly as good."