Chapel Hill – With the departure of quarterback Braden Hanson, highly regarded redshirt freshman Marquise Williams steps into a competition for the no. 1 job this spring.
The 6-2, 215-pounder recounts his first meeting with new offensive coordinator Blake Anderson.
“The first meeting was, ‘Guys, be ready because you’re going to have to be in shape. It’s going to be strong, physical and smart.’ I just felt like when he said all that it just works for all of us because that’s what we’re all about. We’re just trying to be as fast as we can to try and get a feel for things.”
And make no mistake about it, Williams and the coaching staff promise that this offense will be as physical as it is fast.
“The physical part…we’ve got some hungry guys up front. They’re some mean guys that tell us that we’re not going to get touched. Bryn and I just go with the flow and feel protected back there because they’re just physical.
“It’s either punch them in the mouth or get laid on. We just have to be the first ones and keep going with it.”
A natural runner, the new spread offense being installed fits Williams’ skills perfectly.
“When I was in high school I ran a ‘run and gun’…you didn’t know if I was going to run the ball or throw it. I think that helped when it was time for me to go out and help the offense and just run and gun.”
Williams also explains that his relationship with Bryn Renner is almost more than just a friendship.
“Bryn Renner is a great guy,” Williams said. “He taught me a lot. When I was struggling and always down he picked me up and told me about the same things that he was went through was what I was going through. I love that relationship. I’ve spent holidays with him to catch up and get to know his background…he’s like a big brother to me.”
Looking forward to the trip back to his old high school at Mallard Creek, the Charlotte native can’t wait to play in front of his hometown fans once again.
“It feels great,” he said. “Just to get back home and see all of my people is a wonderful thought. When I heard we were going to Mallard Creek I didn’t want the other guys to see how happy I am but deep down inside I loved it. That’s where I’m from so I can’t wait to get back there and play.”