Alvin Kamara: What makes a good running back
Favorite sneakers? The Jordan 11s Cool Grey. Your favorite athlete growing up? Usain Bolt.
Meet first-year running back Justin Williams, one of the 2022’s top Vols signings.
Over time, Williams could be one of the most dynamic running backs the Vols have had in years with all the potential he has. However, the Georgia freshman is currently working to familiarize himself with the Tennessee curriculum.
So, in return, Williams took the time to share a bit about himself, taking part in the Vols’ “First and Ten” series.
“What made me choose Tennessee was simply the atmosphere I felt here,” Williams said in the video. “I felt like home. When I got to campus, I mean, I felt the love from all the fans, the coaches, and it felt like it wasn’t a better place I’d rather be than here.
Williams, formerly a four-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and On3, committed and signed with Tennessee on day one of the early signing period in December 2021. Just over a month later, Williams was officially enrolled in university. of Tennessee.
Additionally, Rivals have Williams as the 11th-ranked running back in the class and 14th overall player at Georgia State.
Standing at six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds, Williams is a dynamic running back who can be used in a variety of ways. As he says himself, Williams is shaping his game after Titans running back Derrick Henry and VFL Alvin Kamara.
“I model my game around Alvin Kamara, a bit of Derrick Henry as well,” Williams said. “You want to be able to run the ball, but also catch the ball in the backfield as well.”
In the new era of college football, an effective running back can’t just be a running back. The best programs in college football are those that use their running back in a variety of ways, including in the receiving game on the field. Just look at Tennessee last year – a top ten attack nationally that used both Tiyon Evans and Jabari Small in the passing game. Evans and Small combined for 13 catches, 151 receiving yards and a touchdown on the season.
Below are highlights from Williams’ senior season at East Paulding High School, followed by Williams’ official “First and Ten” video from Tennessee.
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