A faster Reggie Williams?

Rumors of Reggie Williams becoming noticeably faster this spring may or may not be accurate, but if you listen to what the Washington track coaches have been saying about the All-American wideout, it's a flat-out fact. In fact, if you wander on down to Husky Stadium some time this spring to watch the sprinters, you could very well see Reggie running anchor on a 4x100 team comprised completely of football players. A faster Reggie Williams? Pac-10 defensive backs hope not.

"It's been easy for me," Williams said when asked about his off-season conditioning. "Track has really helped. My form is great and my lungs are great. I couldn't be in better shape right now. I feel it definitely. My hips are a lot stronger and my legs are more powerful. I just feel a lot faster than at this time last year."

With such supposed dramatic strides made this spring, why didn't Reggie get back into track sooner? He was a sprinter and jumper at Lakes, winning the Class 3A 100 meters championship as a senior. "Last year I didn't really know what the off-season was like, so I just wanted to take one thing at a time, make it all football," he said. "But now I know what it's like, so I can run track, better myself and get my speed back.

"I did the 100, 200 and 4x100 in high school, so I'm used to relays and sprints. It's just a matter of getting back into it. It was rough at first but now I'm really comfortable with it."

While spring football is paramount in Williams' mind, he can't help but think of what a relay team of him, Roc Alexander, Derrick Johnson and Shelton Sampson might be able to accomplish. Visions of Reggie taking the baton for the final leg of the 4x100 at the Pac-10's, nipping the vaunted USC football sprinters at the wire?

Baby steps.

"I'll probably run anchor, but it's up in the air," he said. We're going to Stanford soon, so that will be our first test."

But the competitive side in Williams is always thinking big. "We're pretty solid. We're going to try and win Pac-10's. That's our goal for right now."

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