April 19, 2007

Great expectations

Coming off a season in which he scored just two touchdowns - one rushing, one receiving - Penn State wideout Derrick Williams was asked during Wedensday's teleconference if he was satisfied with his numbers last season.

Williams didn't hesitate.

"I was pretty satisfied," Williams said. "There wasn't too much more that I could do. I tried my hardest. As long as I give my best effort, I'm going to be satisfied with myself."

As the top-rated recruit in the nation, much was expected of Williams. He was having a solid freshman season until a broken arm cut his season short in 2005. He finished the year with 289 receiving yards on 22 receptions and one score. He also rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries.

During his sophomore campaign, he caught 40 balls for 440 yards and one TD. He rushed for 145 yards on 36 carries.

Fans and members of the media complained that Williams looked slower. Some said that it was just a sophomore slump. Whatever it was, Williams had a hard time eluding that first tackler. He acknowledged that he did encounter some problems finding space in the open field.

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