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Former Bulldog becomes Kansas State U. Wildcat

Another former Thomson Bulldog is headed for NCAA Division I football.

Willie Williams, who was a part of the 2002 AAAA State Championship team, played one season at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.

On Friday, the 6-4, 303 pound defensive lineman signed a Letter of Intent to play his final three years of eligibility with Kansas State in the Big 12 conference. He will come in as a sophomore.

Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder had good things to say about this year's recruiting class which includes Mr. Williams.

"The discipline, the responsibility, the work ethic, leadership, things along that line are always important to any program," Coach Snyder said in a press release.

"We worked hard to attempt to be very definitive about that, and to find young guys... who were responsible and their education was important to them. They are also young guys who handled themselves appropriately."

College Football News ranked Mr. Williams as the No. 6 junior college defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 36 overall junior college prospect.

Mr. Williams racked up 16 solo stops and 30 total tackles in the nine games he played for 7-4, 13th-ranked Hutchinson during the 2004 season. He also had five tackles for a loss as well as one sack.

He was recruited by several other high-powered college teams at the end of his junior college career. Louisville, Troy State and Oklahoma State all wanted his services on defense.

Mr. Williams is the son of Willie and Veronica Williams of Thomson.

Web posted on Thursday, February 10, 2005


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