Why Texas A&M RB Brandon Williams Will Be the Aggies' Next Breakout Star
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When discussing Texas A&M's 2013 offense, the conversation naturally starts with redshirt sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel.
That's where it usually ends, too.
This is for good reason. The Kerrville, Texas native set the SEC's single-season total offense record in 2012 with 5,116 total yards en route to becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
The rest of Texas A&M's offensive weapons stand in Manziel's increasingly large shadow, but that doesn't mean that they're riding his coattails. The Aggies are loaded offensively with players like wide receiver Mike Evans and running back Ben Malena, who should already be considered stars, and several others who are stars-in-the-making.
One of those players who hasn't made an impact in College Station yet is running back Brandon Williams.
That will change in a hurry in 2013.
Williams was a 5-star prospect in the 247Sports.com composite in the class of 2011 and has the size and speed to be a star in the SEC.
He had 46 carries for 219 yards as a freshman for Oklahoma in 2011 but transferred to Texas A&M after the season to be closer to his Brookshire, Texas home and his daughter. The NCAA denied his request to waive the one-year residency requirement prior to last season, forcing the 6'0", 192-pounder to sit out the 2012 campaign.
Williams shined last spring before sitting out the regular season. Another year of work—especially with Texas A&M's offensive identity now established under head coach Kevin Sumlin—should translate to a great season in 2013.
Bleacher Report's Michael Taglienti notes that Williams has broken off several long runs so far in spring practice, which should resonate in all of the wrong ways in the offices of 13 SEC defensive coordinators not located in College Station.
That's a good sign for Aggie fans, because with the rest of the college football world keying on Manziel this fall, it will open up the ground game to the talented group of Aggie running backs—all of whom have specific skills to make them effective in this offense.
How many yards will Brandon Williams rush for in 2013?
Malena will get most of the carries to start the season, but Williams' presence will allow each of them to stay fresh for a full 60 minutes. That will come in handy late in games when opposing defenses are worn down.
Translation: Expect those big runs from Williams to continue in the fall, especially when his team needs them the most.
Toss in the electric Trey Williams and ultra-versatile Oregon transfer Tra Carson, and you have a recipe for running back success in College Station.
Of the four, Brandon Williams has the most upside. He's big enough to take the pounding between the tackles, but possesses 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, making him a home-run threat.
He may not have the stat line in 2013 that a superstar typically enjoys, but don't let that fool you. Williams is going to make a major impact in ground game in 2013.
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