Williams Forges New Path At Santa Monica

After two years at Washington, current Santa Monica QB Troy Williams (6-3, 205) has decided to forge a new path and he hopes a good season with Corsairs will result in some opportunities to get back to playing at the highest level possible...

"When coach (Steve) Sarkisian left (following the 2013 football season), I just didn't feel like Washington was where I was going to be able to play," Williams told JCFootball.com. "Coach (Chris) Petersen and his staff didn't recruit me out of high school and it just wasn't a good fit for me, but I wanted to stay there and give it a chance, so I stayed, but about midway through the season, I figured after the year, I would head out and try to start fresh."

Making it an easy choice to head to Santa Monica was the fact that his former offensive coordinator at Narbonne (Harbor City, Ca.) High School was now the offensive coordinator with the Corsairs.

"We run basically the same offense I ran at Narbonne, so it's been pretty easy as far as the transition," Williams noted. "Coach (Tim) Kaub and I are comfortable with each other and I think it's going to be a good situation for us."

With his pedigree, Williams is likely to garner a lot of attention, but he knows he needs to get back on the field to show everyone that he hasn't lost the edge.

"Aside from a couple of snaps (in mop-up duty) and a quarter against Oregon and then Arizona State last year, I haven't played much ball in almost three years," Williams said. "I redshirted (in 2013) up at U-Dub and then I was the backup there last season, so this was my chance to come and play.

"I thought hard about transferring out to a four-year school, but I would have had to sit (due to transfer rules) and I just couldn't stay off the field that long.

"I wanted to show what I could do and I've got Utah on me pretty hard, but they said they are still evaluating whether they will bring in a JUCO quarterback, so that's one school and then Georgia State is another school that has been talking to me."

As a three-year starter for Narbonne, Williams led his team to a 31-10 record while completing 65.3% of his passes for 8,725 yards, 96 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,100 yards and 22 scores, showing the versatility and athleticism to be successful in almost any offense.

As a senior, Williams also took his team all the way to the CIF Open-Division semi-finals.

Williams will finish up his two-year degree this December and he will have two years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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