Williams is more determined than ever

One of the surprising announcements from Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian's fall kickoff press conference on Thursday was the news that former Taft (Woodland Hills, Ca.) DE Brent Williams would be greyshirting this fall. Dawgman.com spoke to the talented pass-rusher Friday evening and he updated us on what happened and how this minor setback has him even more motivated to prove himself...

"I was frustrated and upset, but I understood why the decision was made," Williams told Dawgman.com. "I mean, I wanted to be there, to be with my teammates and my (2010) classmates, but the coaches said they thought it would be best for me to go home, work out over the next five months or so and then show up ready to go.

"I was upset about it, but they have good reasons. I can save a year of eligibility, I can lift and eat and get some size on me and then show up ready to go in January."

Williams, who had told Dawgman.com he weighed 208 only a week or two before he arrived on campus this summer, said when he weighed in he was actually at 189 pounds.

"I had had some family things go on that put some stress on me and I wasn't eating right or anything," Williams said. "I showed up and hit the scale it it said 189, but then after being here for a month, I was up to 197 already, but the coaches wanted me to get bigger and stronger, so that's what I'll do this fall.

"I have a workout and diet program to follow and I'll be checking in with (the coaches and training staff) while I'm gone.

"This doesn't change my desire to be a Dawg. I'm a Dawg for life, so it's just adversity and I need to keep my focus on things I can control and that's working out and being the best player I can be once I arrive."

As a junior, Williams tied a Taft record posting 17 sacks awhile also notching 59 tackles and 29 tackles-for-loss earning First Team All-West Valley League, Second Team All-City and was 2nd in voting for City Section Defensive Lineman of the Year that season.

As a senior, teams game-planned for Williams more and held him to only five sacks and 42 tackles as a senior, but he still managed to earn All-CIF Los Angeles City Section team honors and was named to the Los Angeles Times All-Area team while being named a Second-Team All-Area pick by the Los Angeles Daily News.

We'll continue to touch base with Williams as he hits the weights and training table over the next four months and update his progress as he works toward his goal of playing college football.

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