Q&A with GSU wide receiver Danny Williams

Albert Wilson figures to be the focus of most of Georgia State’s opponents. But they can’t forget about Danny Williams. He caught 30 passes for 485 yards last year as a redshirt sophomore.

Q: How fast are you right now?

A: I’m fast. I feel as fast as I’ve ever felt in my life. Last year I was a little hampered by a little hamstring. This year I’m full go so I’m as fast as I’ve ever been.

Q: What are you clocking? Do you know?

A: I haven’t run a 40 in a while. The last time I ran a 4.61, but that was about seven months ago.

Q: If you had to guess, what do you think you’re running?

A: Hopefully in the 4.56, 4.58 range.

Q: What about your strength? Everyone’s talking about how much stronger they are after the summer workout program.

A: I’ve gotten tons, loads stronger. Coach P[ollard], I can’t say enough about him. I can bench 225 pounds 10 or 11 times now. When I came in here I was a little twig. I couldn’t do anything.

Q: How will that help you on the field?

A: It will help a tremendous amount. My legs are much stronger. I won’t get tired as fast. It will help me get off jams better. I’ve been looking at the other teams, they’ve got some physical corners. It will help me getting off the line, getting downfield.

Q: How will the hurry-up offense benefit you?

A: I think because the pace is so fast we will catch a couple of teams off guard in the beginning and maybe getting tired and run down by the fourth quarter.

Q: Do you have any reads you have to make in the offense?

A: On certain plays, yes. On certain patterns. But not on every play. It’s basically hustle and block, and when the ball comes my way, catch it.

Q: You seem to really be developing a relationship with Ben [McLane] in the practices I’ve seen.

A: Ben’s come a long way. He’s really good, along with all of our quarterbacks. Ben’s looking really good. I like the way he throws the ball.

Q: Did yall work together in the seven-on-sevens during the summer?

A: We all did. He was out there throwing it all the time, just like the others.

Q: What’s the deal with your hair?

A: It’s been nine months, since the week of the Murray State game, since I cut it. The Murray State game was my biggest game (nine catches, 151 yards and a TD). I shaved my head before it and I haven’t cut it since.

Q: So this is a good-luck ritual type of thing?

A: Yes. But when I get out in the real world people aren’t going to think this is good so while I have a chance I’ll grow it out. I’ll probably shave it after the season.

Q: You grew up in Orlando. In which theme park did you work?

A: I worked at this place called Wonder Works. It’s like a science center. Everyone says “Disney this, Disney that,” but Universal is the better one. Islands of Adventure is the place to go.

Q: To visit or work at?

A: To visit. I never worked there. I only worked one attraction. It’s hard stuff. You always have to please the customer. Laser tag technician was my job.

Q: Laser tag technician? What in the world does a laser tag technician do?

A: You explain it and put their vests on, that’s about it. About 200 times a day.

Q: What’s your vertical? I’m told you have one of the best verticals on the team?

A: I would say top-15 vertical. I would say 34 [inches].

Q: What’s your best dunk?

A: I can tomahawk it.

Q: Which NFL wide receiver do you admire?

A: Back in the day it was Joe Jurevicius. Back in the day Travis Lee for the Florida Gators. Mostly Joe Jurevicius.

18 comments Add your comment

GStateBen

August 13th, 2012
7:53 am

Great interview! Danny is a legit NFL prospect and should benefit from more stability at the QB position.

#StateOfShock

Panther

August 13th, 2012
8:26 am

Its good to hear so many people believe that they’re in such better shape than they were before. Hopefully it’ll make all the difference on the field

ajg-marietta

August 13th, 2012
8:40 am

Great stuff. I love that Danny admires Jurevicius, because that is exactly the type of possession receiver mold he fits perfectly.

GSU is in Atlanta

August 13th, 2012
8:50 am

Great interview Doug!

Red Panther

August 13th, 2012
9:14 am

Joe J was awesome in his day; good prototype for Danny to emulate

Bleed Blue

August 13th, 2012
9:17 am

Great Interview

GSU_MEX_ALUM

August 13th, 2012
9:29 am

Good stuff Doug!

GSU_MEX_ALUM

August 13th, 2012
9:30 am

I’m getting a bunch of friends together to see Danny and the rest of the Panthers!

Come pack the dome 08/30!

Bleed Blue

August 13th, 2012
10:46 am

Come on trolls you are slipping that’s all you got. I’m used to much better trash talking. Let me get the ball rolling. I heard NDSU started their 3rd string against Ga Southern in the playoff game. Additionally Saban and all the coaches were studying game notes on Auburn during your entire game. To say they looked past you and your triple rugby option style would be an understatement. Oh yeah great basketball game last year. Can we play the girls team this year instead so that even though the game will be a complete blowout you will have a better excuse this time. Love the 8 year plan to jump to the FBS. That is long term vision (40 years later) at its finest.

Response from a Southern Troll using a GT alias in 3-2-1.

Chicken Bone

August 13th, 2012
1:29 pm

Receiving Corp will be a strength no doubt! Hope the QB situation works itself out. With Agnew and Delic eligible our Defense will surprise some CAA aka VAA teams. Looking forward to 8/30 at the DOME. GO PANTHERS!

GSU_MEX_ALUM

August 13th, 2012
3:13 pm

@chicken bone: Was it confirmed that they were eligible?

Anderrson

August 13th, 2012
6:23 pm

Danny Williams is a good player. If he stays healthy and focused I can see him as a potential NFL prospect. A Ed McCaffrey/Joe Jurivicius type WR.

Chicken Bone

August 13th, 2012
7:27 pm

GSU MEX ALUM No not yet but if they are we rock! I expect we will hear soon! Fingers crossed….

GSUAlumBaseball81

August 13th, 2012
7:38 pm

Christo is about to show his value at OAKLAND! For all you naysayers give ESPN a watch and you will see #96 Christo Bilukidi give the Cowboys a little GSU welcome on the Defensive line! GO GSU PANTHERS!!! Jake Muasau hopefully will be ready with the NEW YORK GIANTS when they play the JETS this week! HOW BOUT THOSE PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The ATL is very PROUD of you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GSUAlumBaseball81

August 13th, 2012
9:30 pm

Christo’s BIG PAW creates an interception!!!!!!!!!!! Go PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!

GSUAlumBaseball81

August 13th, 2012
9:50 pm

Christo Bilukidi out of GEORGIA STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! makes the play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GSUAlumBaseball81

August 13th, 2012
10:01 pm

BIG #96 throwing blocks on the kick off return!!!! whooooo heeeeee!!!!! do it BIG ROCK!!!!!

STATEment

August 14th, 2012
6:18 pm

Bigger, stronger…love it.