Malcolm Williams Could Become the New Roy Williams in Austin

Dino NicandrosAnalyst IMay 28, 2009

It was third down on the Texas nine-yard line.

The Longhorns, down 29-19 to in-state foe Texas Tech, needed a play that could secure them a first down three yards away. 

Colt McCoy dropped back in the pocket under intense pressure from a Red Raider defensive front that had mauled him all night long.

McCoy looked right, but out of the corner of his eye saw his man.

Freshman receiver Malcolm Williams broke free from his defender and was streaking down the left sideline. McCoy, falling on his back foot, heaved the ball upward.

91 yards later, Williams was standing in the end zone with his Longhorns down by only three points.

Although Texas would eventually lose in heartbreaking fashion that night, they witnessed the coming of age of a new offensive threat.

Winding the clocks back six years before, the Longhorns were down to the Red Raiders 40-35 with less than two minutes to play in the game. 

On third down, junior quarterback Chance Mock saw his target all alone in the middle of the field.

Mock, thanks to perfect protection from his line, darted the ball to senior receiver Roy Williams. The 40-yard pass put Texas in range to score with just over 30 seconds left to play.

The Longhorns went on to win the game. 

When reminded of All-American receiver Roy Williams, Longhorn faithful could talk for hours on end about his freakish talents and mind-boggling catches.

Williams was a big receiver with incredible hands and speed in the open field that couldn't be matched by any opposing defenders.

Moreover, Williams came to play on the biggest stages. He was easily one of the most talented receivers ever to play at the University of Texas.

When young Malcolm Williams of Garland, Texas strolled into Austin, he couldn't have possibly imagined that he would be given the chance to follow in the footsteps of a Texas legend.

The comparisons are becoming more and more valid.

The kid is big, measuring at 6'3" and weighing in at 205 pounds.

He's fast, running a 4.43 40-yard dash.

And he has hands: See Missouri and Texas Tech games.

Make no mistake, the younger Williams is by no means the older Williams. Not yet.

Malcolm Williams sat backseat to Quan Cosby, Jordan Shipley, and Brandon Collins in his first year, but he still managed to rack up 304 yards receiving and three touchdowns on just 17 catches, many of which came during the crucial stages of some the Longhorns' biggest games.

He has a very long road ahead of him. 

He will have to face the likes of Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech for at least two more years. 

He will have to withstand the wrath of a fanbase that demands perfection.

He will have to handle the role of being the guy on the perimeter for both Colt McCoy and the quarterback chosen to follow him after he graduates.

And yes, he will have to face the inevitable comparisons to a Longhorn legend.

If his freshman season is any indication, Malcolm Williams will be just fine.