Christian Williams shining bright under spotlight

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At 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, Christian Williams might not quite measure up to the expected size of a prototypical big-time quarterback.
“I have to play a different type of game,” said Williams, a junior QB at Black Hills High School in Tumwater, Washington.
Heading into the season, Williams had to compete with a senior for playing time, and that’s a big part of his game. He loves to compete.
“I think the reason I wound up winning the job is I tried to work as hard as I can, I went to camps, I lifted weights and I got a lot better,” Williams said.

Superb start

All of the effort is paying off in a very big way this season. Black Hills is off to a 7-0 start for the first time in school history, and Williams has been superb under center.
He has completed 43 of 69 passes (62.3 percent) for 1,009 yards and 12 touchdowns while throwing only 2 interceptions. Williams has also rushed for 156 yards and 2 scores.
“It’s really exciting here,” Williams said. “I had a feeling we could do really good just based on the talent alone. But we’ve all put in a lot of work. This year, we all stepped up and matured and are playing the game like men.”
Afrer playing sparingly for the Wolves’ varsity as a sophomore, Williams split at quarterback in the first three games before taking over as the starter.
“At first, I wasn’t used to the spotlight,” he said. “Going in for a couple plays on varsity last year, I was a little scared of the spotlight. This year, I’m comfortable with everything that’s going on and I’m kind of surprised with the comfort level I’m at and how well I’m performing and reading coverages, everything like that. It feels really good to finally get recognized for all the hard work I put in and showing everybody what I can do.”

Steady progress

As the season has progressed, Williams has been taking his game to higher and higher level. In Black Hills’ last game, a 42-7 win, he connected on 8 of 15 passes for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns before making an early exit due to the lopsided score.
“It took a couple games for me to jell with everybody,” Williams said. “At the beginning fo the season, we were rotating but since I’ve been the starter, things have been clicking really well. I know where everybody is going to be and I’ve timed it up really well and we’re clicking.”

NFA Blackshirt

Williams has been playing quarterback since he was 10 years old. When he was a freshman, he attended his first NFA camp. For the past two years, he has been in the Blackshirt program.
“Before I started working with JC Boice and NFA, I was more of an athlete playing quarterback,” Williams said. “But after working with JC, I’ve become an athletic quarterback playing quarterback. If I didn’t start working with JC and NFA, I wouldn’t be able to read coverages as well I do or know where the gaps are going to be in the defense or know how to go through my progressions. It would be more like backyard football.”
Boice has been very impressed with Williams’ steady development.
“Christian is a fantastic ‘feel good’ story,” Boice said. “The kid has been relentless in his work ethic. He’s more proof that a shorter statured quarterback can be very successful if he’s willing to put in the work and dedicate himself. Christian has definitely earned the success he is presently having. And he’s not just hard-working – he’s very athletic and has a knack for making good plays out of nothing.”

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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University

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