The Woodlawn Knights offense averaged more than 36 points per game last season, and is once again loaded with playmaking weapons like Trivensky Mosley, Larry Moton and Kentrez Roby.
As head coach Jerwin Wilson was quick to point out, though, those dynamic athletes get the headlines, but players like Corey Williams do the dirty work to win games that sometimes goes unnoticed.
“He’s a leader, first and foremost,” said Wilson, who convinced Williams to come out for football his sophomore year. “He’s a coach out on the field, and can get someone in the right position on the field instinctively. He does it all for us. We play him all over because we have great confidence in his abilities.”
“All over” may be a bit of an understatement. Williams lines up primarily at running back next to Mosley in the Knights’ spread attack, mainly responsible for leading the way for the city’s leading rusher in 2015. Williams will also line up both outside and in the slot as a receiver. In the kicking game, Williams is on every special team, and occasionally slides in as a nickel defensive back on defense.
“It can be challenging, but I strive to get myself in the best shape going into the season, both physically and mentally,” said the 16-year-old junior, who is also a highly touted point guard for Woodlawn on the basketball court. “Ultimately, I go out and do what coach Wilson needs me to do, and I have to be ready to go wherever that might be.”
While not the biggest player on the field, Williams is very athletic. At 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, he can dunk a basketball. He is also in tremendous shape after Wednesday’s first contact practice of the season.
“There’s a lot of hard work in the offseason,” said Williams. “If you want to take it seriously and possibly go on to the next level, you have to work year-round. We worked on my speed this year, working with the (power) bands and trying to get just a little step faster. The work we put in out here now will pay off late in those games that we didn’t finish last year.”
As far as personal goals, Williams brushed aside individual accomplishments, saying that all that matters is winning.
“I don’t think about football in terms of ‘personal’ anything,” said Williams. “We’re all in this together. If I don’t gain a single yard or catch a single ball, but we win, that’s the only thing I care about. I always want to get better and play my best, and in doing that, I’m helping us win, and like I said, that’s the only thing I care about.”