Back Williams Coming Through for Coastal

Williams Coming Through for Coastal

By BJ Bennett
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The next catch, for Malcolm Williams, will be his 70th at the FBS level. A number of those, like his two most recent, have been critical to his team's success.

With four more receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown, Malcolm Williams just continues to make plays for Coastal Carolina. The senior leader for the Chanticleers proved key, yet again, on Saturday, scoring a go-ahead touchdown at UMass on a 61-yard reception late in the third quarter. Contending for another All-Sun Belt season, Williams has Coastal Carolina at 4-3, potentially in reach of the program's first-ever bowl bid.

Contributing in and out of the spotlight, Williams came through, more subtly, on the drive after his highlight catch. As the Chanticleers led by just four points, he proved true on an important 3rd-and-7 on the final play of the third quarter, catching a pass at midfield to extend the Coastal Carolina drive. The Chanticleers scored a clinching touchdown five plays later.

Williams now has 30 receptions for 485 yards, absorbing change at the quarterback position to remain one of the league's most-productive players. His consistency has been remarkable. Dating back to last November, Williams has multiple catches in eleven consecutive games and at least four grabs in ten of them. Included in that stretch is a seven-reception, 95-yard performance with a score at Arkansas, 120 yards and two touchdowns as part of the last Sun Belt team to beat Georgia Southern and a recent passing of the 150-yard mark against the Minutemen.

Downfield conversions from Williams have helped Coastal Carolina get back on track after consecutive losses to Troy and Louisiana-Monroe. Upcoming contests with Georgia State and Appalachian State await as tests for the Chanticleers as Coastal Carolina fell to both opponents by a single score last season. Regardless of who is under center, expect the perimeter gameplan to continue to run through the versatile Williams. He is using every week as an opportunity to stake his claim. 

Seven games into a season, Williams is one of just three players in Sun Belt history with 485 receiving yards and a rushing touchdown, the first since 2011. A honoree in the classroom and on the field, he is a unique talent who has helped Coastal Carolina find stability at college football's highest level. Williams will finish his career having made quite the impact, fitting for a player who introduced himself to the league last year with nine catches for 266 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion at Louisiana-Monroe in his Sun Belt debut.

Already over 1,200 yards and in double figures in touchdowns, the next catch, for Williams, will be his 70th at the FBS level. A number of those, like his two most recent, have been critical to his team's success.     

The stretch run of the season is approaching. Both Williams and the Chanticleers are in position.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports