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Berkeley Prep sees a leader in RB Williams

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 01:35 AM
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Berkeley Prep football coach Dominick Ciao didn't hesitate to answer when asked to name an impact player who will be a leader on his football team this season.

"Chris Williams will be one of our great leaders," Ciao said. "He will get carries on offense and play corner and outside linebacker on defense. Chris has great instincts. He finds the hole, the crease and makes plays. He's a playmaker who plays the game 100 miles-per-hour."

Williams, a senior, will be the Buccaneers featured running back after playing in the shadow of superstar Nelson Agholor last season. Agholor is a freshman at the University of Southern California.

"I feel people will watch me close because Nelson left a great mark," Williams said. "I feel a little bit of pressure, but I want it because it makes players great. I learned from Nelson's leadership skills to give everything you've got and to play to the last minute."

Williams gained 402 yards on 63 carries with four touchdowns last season. He also caught five passes and scored one touchdown as a receiver.

"I don't set personal goals," Williams said. "I just go out and play football. I have a lot of confidence in the offensive line. I need to run hard and hold on to the football."

Williams has started on defense since his freshman year. He had 42 tackles, recovered one fumble and intercepted one pass last season.

"Playing corner, you have to play your keys, listen to your coaches and communicate with teammates," said Williams. "I like the physicality of defense, but I love running the ball."

At 5-foot-5, 165 pounds Williams isn't exactly a prototypical running back or defensive back, but lack of size is a non-issue with him.

"I know my heart is bigger than my size and I try to show that on the field," Williams said. "I keep myself in good condition. I've been told that I'm kind of like a wrecking ball. I like hitting a lot."

Williams is a team captain who has strong opinions about what it takes to be a team leader on and off the gridiron.

"I'm accountable for everybody around me on the field as a captain," he said. "If they mess up, it's your fault and you have to get things right. I try to get them to correct mistakes right away.''

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