IN THE HUDDLE: Terry Williams

You've heard about some of the top running backs in the state of Florida so far this off season, but here's one who missed last year with an injury after establishing himself as one of the top sophomores in the southeast. Can he regain the form that put him on the top of many lists? Only time will tell.

During the spring and into the summer, www.floridakids.us will bring you our IN THE HUDDLE segments with football players throughout the state of Florida.

These are similar to the evaluations we pass on to the hundreds of colleges who visit our website, call us on the phone and correspond via e-mail.

Here is another top football player to keep an eye on this season – and beyond.

PLAYER: Terry Williams
POSITION: RB
SCHOOL: Miami Central
HEIGHT: 5-9.5
WEIGHT: 180
40 SPEED: 4.5
HEAD COACH: Anthony Saunders
www.floridakids.us Summer Rating: 48

Coming out of the 2003 season, a number of people had asked me about the running backs who would be juniors the following year. The Class of 2006 in the state of Florida.

After talking about C.J. Spiller of Lake Butler Union County and Javarres James from Immokalee, the next name that came to mind was Terry Williams. I have long felt that if you get it done week after week on the stage that is Miami-Dade County football, you have proven that you should be considered one of the elite players in the state of Florida, and perhaps, the entire nation.

Make no mistake that after his sophomore season, Williams, all 5-7, 155-pounds of him, could have been considered one of the best in the country. He had speed, could run from the line of scrimmage better than anyone I had watched and had over 1,000 yards. This was a player to keep an eye on.

Since I made it to nearly everyone of the Rockets' off season camps, Williams became a familiar face. Couple that with his on field performances during his sophomore year and you had one of those rare, rising prospects who had everything you looked for in top-flight running back.

Just as all the hype was focused on Williams, something major happened in the second week of the 2004 season. The running back who most had predicted great things for, saw his season come to a crushing end after a broken ankle forced him to miss the rest of what was to be a banner year.


Terry Williams at Perfect
Competition/FloridaKids.us Camp

During the season, Williams took his place on the Central sideline, trying to do his best to cheer on his replacements, sophomores Avione Rolle and Gordon Warner. Even though you could see the frustration on his face, he became that ultimate team player, and every member of that team saw just how important he could be – even when he wasn't healthy enough to run the ball.

When he finally came back to practice in the spring, many doubted he could regain that form that once had him directly in the spotlight. All that practice and hard work finally paid off.

After a 78-yard touchdown run against Miami's Booker T. Washington in the spring jamboree, Williams came to the sideline with a smile on his face. As he reached his teammates, you could see that their "go-to" guy was back.

"Terry is a quality back who can make things happen," said teammate Sabbath Joseph. "As you can plainly see, he is back and will be the same force he was before his injury."

While Williams will still be the player this program will rely on, what Warner and Rolle did last season will be very important to the overall outlook of the season ahead.

STRENGTHS: Great acceleration and tremendous vision are his biggest assets. This is a young man who gets the ball, darts to the outside, and then if it closes up, can dance and dart his way for positive yardage.

When you talk about being a tremendous line-from-scrimmage runner, you have to understand that being able to sometimes get it done with limited blocking can easily separate the good backs from the great ones.

Watching him in his jamboree brought back some memories of the way his speed and strength made him the type of runner he is.

The difference between Williams now and the one that began last season is something that I have noticed quickly. Here is a more mature, patient runner who now realizes that injuries are a part of the game. As I watched him as a sophomore, he tried to make holes that weren't there. Watching him during the spring and at two camps, I saw someone who was willing to wait longer for the blocks to aid him.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Being out for nearly a full year will dictate that you have to continue to get as many carries and get used to being hit. As good as he is, I doubt that every game will be 200-yarders on limited carries. The schedule is loaded with quality opponents.

OVERALL: Elvis Peacock, Najeh Davenport, Willis McGahee. Name the great backs who have played at this school through the years and you will understand the type of athletes this area, and the communities surrounding Central, have long produced.

This is a big year for this potential standout. While colleges have already watched his progress throughout the spring, many are waiting on the season to begin. If he puts it together in any form of what the 2003 season was, this is certainly a back everyone will want to land.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: Back at his very first camp since his injury, the Perfect Competition/FloridaKids.us event, Williams mentioned Miami, Pittsburgh, University of South Florida, the University of Florida and Boston College as places he was interested in.

The only team that has changed is Miami. While the Hurricanes have a number of quality backs and are looking for a few more, Williams may not be the one they are after. Instead, Williams has added the University of Indiana to that mix.

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