Freshman? You Bet.

Sure, Reggie Williams was an all-American at Lakes High School and had college recruiters from every school in the nation banging down his door.

But heck, that was just recruiting hyperbole, and that stuff goes right out the window when a freshman reports to their first fall camp.

Here we are 10 days out from the Washington vs. Michigan opener and it's fair to say that all of those recruiters that made the trek to Tacoma to see him were right on the money.

He hasn't played a down of football yet, but if fall camp is any indication, Reggie Williams was every bit deserving of the accolades and recruiting attention that came his way. He's been nothing short of outstanding for the Huskies and will be a prominent figure in the offense from the very first game.

Williams has done everything the Husky coaches have asked of him and is now preparing to be in the first mix of wide receivers.

"I think I accomplished everything I needed to do this fall to get ready to play. It was just a matter of stepping up and learning the offensive playbook, and I think I did a pretty good job at that," said Williams.

"It's not over by far though. I know that."

It's not over but it's obvious that he's going to play a role in his first season as a Husky. Offensive Coordinator Keith Gilbertson is not too surprised. "We thought he was capable of this when we recruited him. He's a gifted guy, he's bright, and has just really had a great training camp," said Gilby after practice today.

However it's too early for the coach to call him an impact player.

"He's ahead of where I thought he'd be. Once camp started he jumped out at us, but we haven't played a game yet. Impact players prove it week after week by playing in games, and he's a guy that's going to get his chances at that."

He'll get the opportunity right away, but if he's got the jitters, he's hiding them well.

"I don't really get nervous. It's more getting hyped up and anxious," said Williams when asked about the upcoming game with Michigan, his first as a collegian.

"There's nothing to be nervous about. I'm just ready to go out there and show the nation what the University of Washington has to offer. We want to show them that we're a high caliber school not to be taken for granted."

Williams is proud that his family and friends will be able to watch him play in Husky Stadium. "That does mean a lot to me. It's one of the reasons why I decided to stay here so my friends and family could come, and my family on the East Coast will get to watch on television. It's going to be a big deal."

The first team offense moves the ball fairly well in practice. Williams is happy with their progress. "I'm pleased. This was my first camp experience so I can't really compare it to anything, but I think we've done well. We've had to suffer through some injuries but that's kind of natural. Once those guys come back we'll be even stronger."

The fact that his Lakes High School team ran such a complex offense under Coach Dave Miller has helped the tall freshman assimilate the Husky offense quicker.

"It helped a lot with the routes and combinations of different receivers. The complexity of our offense at Lakes really helped me get this offense. Every night I just took it step by step and studied my playbook and learned it," said Williams.

He and quarterbacks Cody Pickett and Taylor Barton have appeared to developed some chemistry. "I think we're getting comfortable, but it's only been a week and a half. I guess what I mean by that is that it's only going to get better, but we're pretty comfortable," said Williams.

The play that Pickett and Barton have had the most success connecting with him is on the "alley oop," or "fade" pattern. Williams smiles when asked about the pattern where he runs down the sideline and outleaps everyone and comes down with the ball in his possession.

"I like it. Yep. That route I have the advantage of my height (6-4) and speed (10.6 100 meters) and my vertical is good enough to go up and get the ball. I feel that every ball that goes into the air, it's mine to go get. You have to think that way."

Gilbertson agrees and won't be afraid to trust the freshman in crunch time. "I feel like he's a guy we can trust. When the ball is in the air he feels good about what he can do. You want a guy that can go get it. You want a guy that when the ball is in the air, he thinks it's his," said Gilbertson.

One other area to watch for Williams could be on punt returns. He's gotten some work there and enjoys it. "I wouldn't mind returning punts or kicks. Whatever I can do to get the ball and do something with it is great," said Williams.

"Whatever it takes to score touchdowns and win games, I'll do it."

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