Catching Up With Marshawn Williams

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Hampton (VA) has put up 42 points in each of its past two games, including a 42-20 win over Woodside and a 42-0 win over Denbigh.  Virginia Tech-bound running back Marshawn Williams has been terrific, totaling 325 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in those two games.

“It feels amazing.  It is like in basketball, like you can’t miss a shot,” Williams said of his rushing success.  He had 26 carries for 133 yards and five scores last week.

“I have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line.  Without them, I couldn’t do any of this.  We’ve been together a long time, so there is a lot of chemistry there.”

Although he had success while sharing carries each of the previous two years (he had 700 yards and 13 touchdowns last season), Williams admits he enjoying his first season as the Crabbers’ primary ball-carrier.

“If I have to share I will, but I’d rather not.  It helps with staying warm out there,” he said.

In Hampton’s offense, running backs are called upon to run in between the tackles and on the perimeter.  Williams prefers to put his 6’0″, 205-pound frame to good use.

“We run everything and I can run pretty much anything, but I like going inside the tackles,” Williams said.  “Anything in between the tackles is good with me.”

Williams, who committed to Virginia Tech back in June, calls the Hokies’ offense a “perfect fit” for his running style.  This was a major reason why he accepted Tech’s early offer.

“The way they run their offense definitely was a big reason why I committed,” Williams said.  “How they use their backs isn’t much different from what we do here.  It shouldn’t be much of an adjustment for me.”

Hampton is now 4-1 with five games left in the regular season.  The players have confidence in their ability to make a run at a state title, but they aren’t looking ahead.

“Our goal is to take it one game at a time,” Williams said.  “We don’t want to get too far ahead.  There are a lot of good athletes here in the Peninsula District.  Our main goal is to take it one game at a time.”


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