Malcolm Kelly's advice to Trent Williams
A few notes about new Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams pulled from the archives....
The Malcolm Kelly Thing
You'll read many, many words about this relationship, especially since this is the third straight year the Redskins have drafted a player from Longview, Texas. Williams has followed Malcolm Kelly's advice since the two were high school teammates in Longview, and it continued at Oklahoma, where they were roommates.
The most important advice came last winter, when Kelly helped convince Williams he needed to go back to Oklahoma for his senior year, so he could improve from a second-rounder into a top-15 pick.
"Trent would change his mind every 10 minutes. He didn't know what he was going to do," a source told the Oklahoman. "But Malcolm encouraged him to come back. Trent really trusts Malcolm, and that made a huge difference....
"Being in the league, Malcolm knows now the difference between making second-round money and first-round money. He knows that hockey stick bends pretty quick between pick five and 50. Malcolm is a loyal friend, and he really wanted to help Trent make the right decision for Trent."
That story also said that Kelly's own situation had been different, since he knew he had knee issues and couldn't risk hurting his draft status by staying.
"The Dude stands out"
Kelly was on 106.7 The Fan Thursday night to praise his longtime friend.
"You're talking about an O-line now who we're gonna have to do zone blocking, so that's a lot of left-to-right stuff," Kelly said. "I would only think that you would want the guy that's the most athletic, who can move side-to-side the quickest. And I think anybody who puts film up and compares O-linemen, they know that the dude stands out. I mean, he stands out above all....They said he only played left tackle one year. Well, we'll see coming up this first season. He's always proved himself, and he always will."
Earlier in their collegiate careers, Kelly had insisted to Williams that he could play as a true freshman at Oklahoma. He got that chance when a teammate broke his leg in October of 2006, and Williams then talked to the Oklahoman about Kelly's help.
"Before I even came here, [Kelly] was telling me I had a chance to play," Williams said. "He's been talking to me every day since camp started, saying I've got an opportunity to play, that I need to tighten up, because all eyes are on me and I've got to step up. Not many people get to do what I do -- play as a true freshman on the O-line. That's not a position that you sub in a lot.
Mentally, this week, I've got to pay more attention to film. I ain't gonna say I neglect it, but I don't always pay as much close attention to details as I've got to now. I've got to get more mentally prepared than I usually do, because I've got to start out early and start out fast. Usually, I can sit on the sideline, get the flow of the game and see what they like to do. Instead, I've got to watch film and study what they really like to do instead of watching it on the sideline....
I really just want to inflict pain on the defense. I just want to do my job and let the rest take care of itself. In the game, I've got a little mean streak to me. I try to get everything together in practice, then in the game, go all out.
Inflicting pain is good. Not paying attention to details is bad.
Not interested in Indians
In November of 2006, he did one of those dopey Q&A's with the Tulsa World. Asked for his least favorite class, he said, anthropology, because "We study past Indian history and stuff. It's kind of boring." And he said he once walked out of The Exorcist, because " "I didn't do the whole demon thing. I ain't like that."
LSU, Walter Jones Fan
He grew up in Texas, but said he wasn't a fan of either the Longhorns or Sooners as a kid. Instead, he said, he grew up rooting for LSU. Also, Walter Jones has always been his football idol, which made him into a Seattle Seahawks fan. And he always thought of himself as a left tackle, even when he spent his first three years at OU on the right side.
Junior year emergence
Williams really emerged in his junior year, when the Oklahoman beat writer suggested he was the best lineman while playing with Phil Loadholt and Duke Robinson.
"You could make that argument," running back Chris Brown said at the time. "He has great technique, great feet. He's the complete player."
By the start of the next year, his offensive coordinator was exploding with praise.
"The best lineman that I've had since I've been here -- and I had two former players [Jammal Brown and Davin Joseph] that walked out in this game called the Pro Bowl last year that were first-round picks," Wilson said. "The best lineman I've ever coached is (No.) 71, and it's not close."
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