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An Ode To Edwin Williams

Through all the ups and downs of the season, the crazy losses and the big wins, one constant has been the demeanor and attitude of center Edwin Williams. On just about every Tuesday, school officials trot Williams out to the media to speak on behalf of the team. And for nearly 30 minutes, even after devastating losses, Williams addresses a large group of television, radio and print reporters with the same upbeat attitude.

Williams, who usually has a gash on his forehead from the previous game, is almost always a good interview --- insightful, honest and positive. The senior exudes the same optimism on the practice field, which teammates and coaches find contagious.

“It helps me out a lot,” Coach Ralph Friedgen said. “I am going to miss when we break the huddle after warm-ups every day and No. 60 springs down to the other end of the field ready to go. He does it every single day.”

Linebacker Moise Fokou said: “The guy is a monster. He has energy like a little kid. Whenever we are out there in practice, he is the first one to run up to the line. He gets enthusiastic. Having that type of guy on your team, someone who will lift you up when you are down, because he is so upbeat about everything, it is very big. Some of the younger guys get down on themselves. And even the older guys. And Edwin is always there to say it’s okay.

“He wears me out. I try to do the same thing on defense. I don’t know where he gets his energy, but I’m glad he does it.”

As defensive lineman Jeremy Navarre said, “He is a very energetic guy. For 330 pounds, that’s a lot of excitement.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 19, 2008; 4:03 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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