4A COVERBOY: Calhoun senior ready to get back on the field
Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.
PORT LAVACA - Calhoun coach Richard Whitaker had every intention of holding Cory Williams out of contact during spring practice.
Williams was coming off of surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and even though he had been cleared by his doctor to resume activities in April, Whitaker was being cautious.
"We could have done everything we wanted to do with him in spring football," Whitaker said. "But Cory being a three-year starter had nothing to prove to us."
Williams participated in spring practice, but Whitaker wouldn't let him hit or be hit, with one exception.
A group of coaches from Sam Houston State showed up to watch Williams during an intrasquad scrimmage, and he carried the ball twice, running for a 50-yard touchdown on the second play.
"I turned around and said, 'Is that good enough?,' Whitaker recalled. "They said, 'That's good enough.' I took him out."
Williams is sure to be on the field on offense, defense and special teams when the Sandcrabs open the season Thursday night at Corpus Christi Carroll.
He hopes to begin his senior season where he left off last year before being injured in the seventh game of the season.
"I just have to come in with a positive mind and just not think as much as I would if I felt hurt," Williams said. "I want to just come out and try to do my best."
Williams started at fullback in Calhoun's option offense last season and rushed for 1,118 yards and 16 touchdowns.
He was also a force at linebacker for the Sandcrabs, who were able to finish the regular season undefeated before losing to Edcouch-Elsa in the area round of the playoffs.
Williams admits dealing with a season-ending injury was difficult, but he continued to stay involved with the team.
He received encouragement from former Calhoun running back Daniel Brooks, who suffered a knee injury in the spring of his senior year, but is currently playing at Oklahoma.
"A lot of my teammates helped me get through it," Williams said. "Some of my friends have hurt themselves and they told me to keep my head high and keep at it and work hard and rehab and try and get better."
Whitaker is pleased with the work Williams did to get back on the field.
Williams came back this season bigger - he weighs 215 pounds after playing at 208 last season - and stronger.
"He's very powerful," Whitaker said. "He's very strong. He's a good sized kid and he's very fast. He has good instincts, and he makes the right moves at the right times. When he has to run with just brute strength, he does. He gets his shoulder down and gets his knees up. He's hard to bring down one on one and that makes him very good at the position we play him in our offense."
Williams will also play an important role on the defense. In addition, he kicks off and returns kicks.
"He's such a good athlete," Whitaker said. "He's mobile, he covers ground very well, and, with the size that he has, is hard to block. We work him at inside backer, outside backer and we still work him in the secondary.
"We just kind of feel we use him on defense where we need him in certain situations. Cory's smart enough and a good enough football player that he can do that for us."
Williams intends to do everything within his power to help the Sandcrabs win their third straight district championship and go further in the playoffs than they did last season.
He also to wants to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, Rufus Myers, who played running back at Texas Tech, and cousin, Marcus Myers, who played running back and linebacker at Texas.
"I want to play how they played and on the level they played at," Williams said. "I just know that whenever I come out I've got to try and go hard every play and I know my team will be right beside me."