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Unleash the beast: Eric Williams

Williams comes on to the field in the Jaguar manner of solidarity on September 21 against the Castle View Sabercats.

Article reprinted in part from RCHS’s The Rock by Kelcey Beckman; photos ciurtesy of Rock Canyon Photos

Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) senior and Castle Pines Village resident Eric Williams has caught the eye of college recruiters, but there’s more to the athlete than what you see on the playing field.

Add in his confident stride and scruffy “wolverine” hair, and Williams may come across as the typical jock. However, he is far from typical. Beyond his gridiron skills, he lives his life with a quiet humility and astounding academic abilities.

Every high school football player wants to leave a lasting impression with their senior season, but Williams has some additional motivation going into this season. “Eric is a very strong student athlete, meaning that he’s very good in the classroom and he is also a tremendous athlete and one of our leaders in the senior class,” Rock Canyon Athletic Director Tom Brieske said. “He works hard in the weight room and during the off season.”

Williams was able to bounce back from an offseason injury of tearing his calf muscle while running track last Spring. “I may not be in the best physical shape of my life right now after coming back from an offseason injury, but it has given me a new drive going into the season,” Williams said.

With the recruiting process already on its way, many colleges such as the University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, Holy Cross, South Dakota State, BYU, Army, and other Division 1 schools have offered Williams a football scholarship to play for their university.

It isn’t just the 28 touchdowns or the 2115 yards Williams swept up during the 2011 season that sets him apart from the rest of the team. Williams is a leader both on and off of the field. “For Eric the team comes first. Eric is an unselfish player that loves to compete and just wants to win the game,” Head Football Coach Tom Lynch said.

The varsity football team has started the season hitting the ground running, with two solid wins to make its mark in the 5A division. “Our number one team goal for this season is to win the first playoff game for Rock Canyon this year,” Williams said.

RCHS Varsity running back and Castle Pines Village resident, Eric Williams #41, has caught the attention of college recruiters in and out of Colorado.

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