Danny Williams Q&A

Greetings, all-

Hope you’re doing well. As I think I mentioned in the last blog, I talked to wide receiver Danny Williams after the Tuesday press conference. As you likely know, he leads the team with 47 catches, 579 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. Unless you were at the game against South Alabama, you didn’t get to see a remarkable catch-and-run when he snagged a bullet from Drew Little on the sideline at maybe the 20-yard line and then fought his way into the end zone for a 47-yard score.

Here’s the interview.

Q: I noticed you and some other receivers stayed after practice to catch passes from Drew. What were you working on?

A: I dropped a couple of those dig routes I was running in practice today, so I just wanted to catch a couple of those. I told Drew to throw me about six of them. You can’t drop balls. That’s our only job, catch the ball.

Q: Have you always had good hands?

A: I wanted to play wide receiver since I was two years old playing in the backyard. I always had a football in my hand, I guess, always asking my dad to play. It’s something I take pride in. I try not to drop any balls. I try to have the best hands on the team. Jordan Giles and Sidney Haynes might have something to say about that, but I think I do. (Note: He was smiling when he said this.)

Q: Can you become better at it?

A: It’s just focus. When the ball’s in the air, you’ve got to focus on it and squeeze tight. Strong hands. We’re always on that Jugs machine. We catch about 100 balls. Caught about 500 balls a day in the summer. Right before practice, catch about 100 and then catch all the balls in practice. It’s focus and strong hands.

Q: What’s something that makes Drew the player he is that most people wouldn’t know?

A: He’s smart. He’s so smart. He knows football like the back of his hand. One day he’s going to be a heck of a coach. That’s what he want to do. He’s so smart. He knows where to go with the ball. He loves it. He loves doing what he does.

Q: What’s a way you see that quality?

A: He’ll talk your head off about football, X’s and O’’s. He’s smart, real smart. He knows where to put the ball. The good thing about him, he threads the needle but sometimes you’ve got to do that to make some plays. Some quarterbacks will sit back there and take a sack and not throw it, but I think he has trust in us out there to make aplay for him and we’ve got trust in him to get the ball to us.

Q: One thing about Drew is that he always deflects credit to the line and receivers. Is he modest like that with you all?

A: I think he knows it but he’s not going to say it. He’s just that kind of guy. He’s a real good guy. But like he said, we wouldn’t have had any of this success if not for that offensive line. I think we’ve only given up what, six sacks in nine games. That’s unbelievable. It’s all about those guys up front. They’re working hard for us.

13 comments Add your comment

panama

November 3rd, 2010
4:24 pm

First!

Great write up. (hat catch and run were ridiculous. He is going to play on Sundays

1913

November 3rd, 2010
5:32 pm

Danny has been a pleasant surprise this year! Nice read.

GSUAlumBaseball81

November 3rd, 2010
8:52 pm

Danny you are an awesome person and football player! I got to meet you after the Savannah State game at the Dome along with many other Panthers where you guys come out of the locker room! My wife and I gave you kudos for your play and all you could do was state: “I should have done better”! I can relate in my days past and current work-a-day world. Never be satisfied! You will go far along with many of the other young Panthers! Guys, keep your heads up and don’t let the nay sayers mess with you. It’s our first year and we are becoming a team and a unit. Some Will, Some Won’t, NEXT!!! You have a great coach and mentor leading you! All that stay the course will be glad they did! We will overcome our challenges and will accomplish great things! Danny, as your dad said in the stands in Mobile against South Alabama! “It’s another Georgia State FIRST DOWN”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were there! GO PANTHERS!!!

GSUAlumBaseball81

November 3rd, 2010
9:11 pm

Oh, also I forgot to acknowledge our offensive line. Although many do not think our offensive front may not be top notch, Yandell, Gilbert, Jacoby, Grant, Clottey and Kirkland as well as the backs and others have done one heck of a job pass blocking for Drew, Kelton and Star so far this year! Can’t forget Bully! I believe these guys and future recruits as well as our injuired to return will do GSU proud in the future on our way to success! GO PANTHERS!!!

RoguePanther

November 4th, 2010
7:43 am

Good, very good, understanding the basics; forcusing on your jobs, giving your guys a pat on their backs.
You got to have the best 11 each play, you got to have a good chemistry among all players and execute the play. I see the Panthers are coming together.

Now, Winning Is Everything, not playing the kid football games, and y’all can do it, forcus, trust, & execute.
See you guys at the game.

Go Panthers!!!!

GSUtimes2

November 4th, 2010
8:14 am

Great write up. Danny Williams is doing a great job and we are lucky to have him on the team. Go Panthers!

GSUGrad06

November 4th, 2010
8:45 am

What’s so great about the Danny/Drew attack is that they are both Freshman! We have these two guys for three more seasons. Danny is fun to watch, he’s made some really great plays this year.

Fire Rodney Ho

November 4th, 2010
10:11 am

D-Will is a beast! Rodney Ho is a hack!

GStateBen

November 4th, 2010
10:47 am

Tremendous talent. Curry called him the best WR prospect he saw in Florida when they saw tape on him. I thought it was a little hyperbole. No way. This kid reminds me of former Bronco Ed McAffrey.

Good interview Ken!

GSU FAN ??

November 4th, 2010
11:22 am

WOW !!! of course D Williams is a good received, Little looks to throw him the ball the majority of the time….I think if he (DREW) gave S Hsynes and J Giles a look sometimes they would absolutely make great receivers…. It all depends on who the coach (Curry) wants to HYPE up and PAD the STATS……This is soooooo political its RIDICULOUS… the writing is sooo clear on the wall

GStateBen

November 4th, 2010
11:34 am

Huh? Drew has completed passes to 14 differenct receivers this season. It’s obvious you know very little about football. We start 3 WR (X-Haynes, Y-Giles, Z-Williams). I’d argue that Williams is the best route runner on our team. I actually think either he or Jordan Giles has the best hands on our team. Sidney & Albert Wilson are homerun threats and Wilson actually leads the team with 20 yards per catch.

Political? How exactly? He makes plays and gets open in between layers of the defensive zone. He had a great game vs. South Alabama because they ran a Cover 1 look with the CBs in man all game, even in the 2nd half.

English

November 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

@ GSU FAN ?? – Clearly you have an agenda that doesn’t need an audience. Please move on.

Goose

November 4th, 2010
1:15 pm

D Will is a beast. I agree. He is the best route runner on the team.