By: Christine Jacobsen
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Whether it’s on the ground, through the air, or off the netting, SaberCats’ dynamic wide receiver Fred Williams can score. So far this 2013 season, Williams has found the end zone in every game he has suited up in and has scored in 13 consecutive games played dating back to last year. Defenses don’t have an answer for how to stop this man, which allows fans and players alike to marvel at his football talents and watch him high step into the end zone; something that he has done so many times in his two-year career.
In his first year in the league, Williams played in six regular season games and one playoff contest for the SaberCats in 2012. Williams’ first game in the green and gold against Orlando was the only game of his career he didn’t score, however he found end zone glory frequently the rest of the year and even had two receiving touchdowns in his first playoff game. Williams ended his first year amassing 491 receiving yards on 41 catches and eleven touchdowns in addition to 298 kick return yards and one return score.
In seven games this 2013 campaign, Williams has not only scored in every contest, he has done so in multiple facets of the game. Despite not suiting up in the first two weeks of the season, the resilient Williams hasn’t lost a step and reeled in seven catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back at Arizona. At home against Cleveland, Williams accomplished the rare feat of returning two kickoffs to the house (both in the second quarter) which helped the SaberCats defeat the Gladiators 56-36. Moreover the pride of St. Cloud State is one of the hottest receivers in all of Arena Football and is currently riding a three-game 100-yard receiving streak after lighting up the secondaries of Jacksonville, Utah and Spokane with 155 yards, 124 yards and 120 yards receiving, respectively. Last week against Spokane, Williams got his first rushing touchdown on the year on a two-yard run to put the first points on the board for San Jose. A week after the mid-way point for the 2013 season, Williams has accrued 702 yards receiving on 51 catches and nine aerial scores, and his 13.8 yards per catch and 100.3 receiving yards per game are both team highs. In addition to his 702 receiving yards, Williams’ great net-work has given him 465 kick return yards and his 166.9 all-purpose yards per game is the fifth best in the league.
Williams has a history of leading his receiving corps. In college while playing for St. Cloud State Williams led the Huskies in every receiving category and currently holds the all-time school record in receiving yards and receptions. Ironically, his 39 career receiving touchdowns are only second to former Husky and SaberCat great, Ben Nelson.
Whenever Williams has the ball in his hands, he has the end zone on his mind. His ability to dominate the opposition has given the SaberCats a forceful weapon that they can use whenever they need to put points on the board. The football future is bright for young Fred Williams and fans can expect to see him dancing in the end zone for years to come.