Pooka Williams

RB, Kansas

  • Conf Big 12
  • Jersey #--
  • Class Junior
  • HT 5'10"
  • DOB --
  • WT 170 lbs


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    One of the most prolific players ever in Louisiana high school football history, Williams rushed for 3,118 yards and 37 touchdowns during his final season at Hahnville High School. In 2017, Williams became the first player since Leonard Fournette (2013) to become a recipient of Louisiana’s Mr. Football award. Upon his arrival to Kansas, he rushed for a total of 1,125 yards on 161 carries in 11 games as a freshman (2018). He went on to become a first-team All-Big 12 selection. As a sophomore, he compiled 1,061 yards and three touchdowns on 203 carries. Also made 27 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. 

    Williams is a patient runner that seems to always keep his feet on beat, which allows him to press the gas and accelerate as soon as holes are accessible. Williams has unique side-step quickness plus reactionary measures that have helped him remain free and tough to tackle in the open field. A competitive runner, he fights for every blade of grass. He possesses above-average vision, as he has the wherewithal of understanding blocking concepts as well as timing up when to attack and press the line. When Williams has to fight through the trash at the first level, he’s often unsuccessful because he doesn’t have the strength in order to break free and continue on with the carry. Smart first-level defenders and ones who can stack/shed and make tackles make life difficult for running backs similar to Williams.

    Ideal RoleNo. 3 RB in a committee.

    Scheme FitZone-based blocking scheme.

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