Add one more thing to the list of things Nick Williams can do – lead. The UConn senior has been named a captain of the Huskies along with Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Adam Masters, and Jory Johnson for the rapidly approaching season.
Nick is about as solid, hardworking, versatile, and dependable a football player as you can get. His roles as a return specialist and receiver this season can drastically impact the Huskies.
For the unaware, his past:
Nick has been nothing but a playmaker for the Huskies in his tenure at UConn. Originally a kick and punt return specialist, Williams made a name for himself in 2010 with spectacular returns, bringing two back for touchdowns. In 2011, his role expanded to wideout, and his propensity for playmaking followed. Entering his senior year, he is UConn’s all time leader in return average (28.3), tied for first in returns for touchdowns (2), and second in kick return yardage (1,556).
What about his role this year?
This season, he’s due for an increase in playing time at receiver with long time stalwarts Kashif and Isiah Moore gone. Michael Smith is back from his year long absence and looks to be the lead guy. Boston College transfer Shakim Phillips could be the number two, but he’s never played a snap in a UConn uniform so it’s too soon to tell. Nick’s wide receiver play may end up being his most considerable contribution to the team.
Though the spring game is largely insignificant, he did finish with six receptions and 87 yards, both game high totals. What’s more, quarterback Chandler Whitmer and Williams showed a little bit of chemistry. If they can stay on the same page, the Huskies may field an explosive passing attack for the first time in what seems like forever.
Look for Nick Williams to have an impact all season, starting this week against UMass.