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Overnight Sensation: Antonio Williams

October 20, 2022
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Never underestimate the new guy.

Antonio Williams, freshman wide receiver from Irmo, South Carolina, demonstrated his advanced skills, despite his age, this weekend in Tallahassee.

After a slow start in the first quarter, a crisp, 59-yard throw from quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei was caught by Williams, landing the Tigers their first touchdown of the night and tying things up at 7-7. 

Offensive Coordinator Brandon Streeter commented on Williams’ ability on the field.

“He’s already playing like he’s a junior or senior that has played a ton of football. Nothing has created him to slow down at all. He plays fast in every situation, and he just does things that are hard to coach. Above all, he just makes the catch. He finds ways to get it done.”

Williams entered this game with just one career touchdown catch, but the youngster has played a lot at Clemson as a true freshman. In total, Williams has hauled in 24 catches for 334 yards in 6 games. Additionally, his 24 catches are a team-high.

Clemson’s offense is ranked 21st in America, scoring 38.6 points per game this season, and the addition of Williams has been a huge benefit for Uiagalelei in his second season as the Tigers’ starting quarterback.

Kirk Herbstreit, an American analyst for ESPN’s College GameDay, sees the game as a “win-win” for the Tigers, who came away with a big road victory and still have plenty of tape to learn from and use as motivation heading into this Saturday’s homecoming game against No. 14 Syracuse, which is scheduled for noon on ABC.

Who will be our next Overnight Sensation? Keep up with ClemsonSportsTalk.com to find out!

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