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.