March 28, 2007

Williams excited to get going again

Derrick Williams certainly has high hopes for himself and the Nittany Lions as they entered spring practice on Friday. The junior split end is looking to elevate his game to the next level and take his team to the BCS Promised Land.

Last season, in a supposed "sophomore slump", Williams caught 40 passes for 440 yards and a touchdown, and gained 145 yards on 23 carries and had one score. He also returned 25 punts for 301 yards and took one back 75 yards for a score against Temple.

Williams sat down with reporters on Friday to talk about spring practice and the upcoming season.

Weight is not an issue

With rumblings abound about Williams playing overweight; he maintains that he is playing at the weight that makes him feel comfortable. Williams is listed on the official Penn State roster as 6-foot, 203 pounds. As a freshman in 2005 he was listed at 6-0, 191 pounds, and last season he was listed at 6-0, 201 pounds.

"I just think that I'm going to stay around 200; I'm 200 right now," he said on Friday. "I feel comfortable there; I've been carrying my weight pretty well."

He said that the added weight has done nothing to diminish his quickness.

"[Weight has] nothing to do with my quickness," said Williams. "Two years ago, when I came in, I was getting the ball more in open space, and when I got the ball in open space this past year, in punt returns and things like that, people don't realize that in the Minnesota games and times like that, that I didn't get the ball in open space a lot."

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