What a difference a year makes. Last season in Chaparral's opener Kyle Williams tore a ligament is his elbow ending his season. This year the 5'9 180 pound running back opened the season by taking a kickoff ninety-six yards for a touchdown against Coconino. To further put the state on notice that he is back, Williams followed up in the Coconino game with a fifty-three yard punt return and a sixty yard run, both of which went for scores. This past weekend, against defending state champ Moon Valley, Williams picked up where he left off the previous week. On the first play from scrimmage he caught a pass up the seam and took off for a seventy-eight yard score. Later in the game he returned a punt forty-seven yards for a touchdown.
Along with his exploits for the Firebird football team, Kyle was an integral part of Chaparral's state champion baseball team. Athletics are a family affair for the Williams'; Kyle's father Ken was a major league baseball player and a DI football player a Stanford. Mr. Williams is currently the general manager of the Chicago White Sox.
As a football player, William's is explosively quick reaching top speed in one or two strides. Along with the tremendous speed, Williams has good vision and change of direction. Next to his speed, what stood out regarding Williams was his willingness to finish runs and attempt to get the extra yard. The Chaparral coaching staff has and will do a good job of getting Williams touches in various situations. Often Williams goes in motion and has good hands to catch the ball out of the backfield or from the slot position. One slight critique is that Williams runs very upright. At the high school level he may be able to get away with this but if he plays college football he will need to correct his pad level especially at 180 pounds. At the next level, Williams would make an intriguing multi threat player who can run out of the backfield, catch from the slot and return both punts and kicks. With his addition to a very solid Chaparral team the firebirds should make a run to win a 4A Division I title.