I don’t remember much of my Dad’s wardrobe from my youth (this was probably a defense mechanism); but one particular shirt stands out. It was an old-school style baseball tee: red three-quarter sleeves attached to a white center with the words “ANYWHERE BUT BYU” in shiny crimson silk-screened letters. Not to start this foray into the blogosphere by offending fans of the Team Down South (Mountain West loves their BYU friends), but the blood definitely runs red in our family.
And as such, it always seemed appropriate and easy to cheer for Utah State (especially when they played the Y). So I wasn’t necessarily jumping on the bandwagon this year when the Aggies finished the season 11-2, positively pummeling Toldeo 41-15 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl game. As far as I could tell, I had been a passenger on that ride for a while. Additionally, I don’t really see a need to get into the heart breaking loss the Utes suffered when Utah State brought down the gauntlet earlier in the Fall.
But there’s no arguing it – the Aggies were (and ARE) the best team in Utah. Finishing the 2012 season ranked 22nd in the BCS Standings and 18th in the AP Poll, team Captain Kerwynn Williams lead the charge and ignited the offense with his “lightening strikes” of brilliance — Coach Anderson’s words, not mine.
He’s a champion. Just look at the numbers.
Not only does Williams rank first in the Western Athletic Conference and 11th in the nation in all-purpose yards (163.0 pg), he’s also first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in rushing with 106.42 yards per game. And with 6,659 all-purpose yards, Williams ranks first in USU history, second in the WAC and 18th in the nation for career totals.
The guy is a beast.
I don’t have the luxury of unlimited word-count to name all his accomplishments and honors, but just this year alone:
– Doak Walker Award Candidate
– First-Team Phil Steele’s College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC Kick Returner
– Second-Team Phil Steele’s College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC Punt Returner/Running Back
So why the homage to Williams on Mountain West’s blog? Last summer Williams also spent time interning at MWSBF.
Like Muhammad Ali said: “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.” And I think most would agree with that – but it may also be interning at the mountain west’s premiere 504 certified development company that impacts greatness.
Currently, Williams is preparing for the NFL combine. When I asked him (tongue-and-cheek of course) if he attributes the past year’s success to his time at MWSBF, I was expecting a laugh… or silence… or an uncomfortable silence and then a soft chuckle that would garner at least an LOL response if we’d been texting.
Instead, he explained that “there’s a lot of things that I learned there (MWSBF) that apply on the football field: a team work ethic, getting the job done and communication with teammates.” He talked about the importance of getting the mission accomplished, and how it translates on and off the field.
“Those things I learned,” he said, “they help on the football field.” Williams told me his experience at Mountain West gave him new insight into the business world – meeting good people and experiencing new things.
He also mentioned it was fun playing the Utes this year. LOL. And well played Kerwynn, well played.