Trey Williams looked like he would be one of the San Antonio Commanders’ top offensive threats going into the season.
The 5-foot-7, 200-pound running back led Texas A&M in rushing his junior season. He also caught passes and was a kick returner. He showed what kind of speed he had with the Aggies by returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. He had enough talent to be signed by the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.
But as the Commanders opened their 2019 season, Williams was on the sidelines with what general manager Daryl Johnston described as a turf toe.
“For the most part I’ve been dealing with that and trying to overcome that really and continue to do what I’ve been doing and producing,” Williams said. “Just a lot of prayer and being patient. Pretty much just starving yourself out there. As soon as you get out there you’ve got to go get it.”
In the third week of the season, Williams was back.
“It just felt good being back on the field. Getting my feet back we again,” Williams saide. “It felt good to be out there with my teammates I trained with. I’m just thankful to be back and help this team win some games.”
He carried the ball seven times and averaged better than 10 yards per carry in a loss to the San Diego Fleet. He also caught two passes for 12 yards.
“He brought a lot of fire power,” Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside said. “He busted out a few big runs. He caught the ball out of the backfield really well. It was good to have him back and have some speed back there for him to get it going.”
Williams is one of four running backs on the team, along with Kenneth Farrow II, David Cobb and Aaron Green. Farrow has been starting at running back with the Commanders rotating three backs during the games.
“I feel I bring a lot of versatility to the team as far as catching the ball and getting it out of the backfield and being in that offset and pro-style offense,” Williams said. “I bring a lot to the table, I feel speed and quickness. With Farrow and AG and David Cobb, with those guys, I feel like it’s a good mix. Once we get this show on the road it’s going to be unstoppable.”
The Commanders are on the road again this Sunday and face what may be the most solid defense in the AAF in the Birmingham Iron. The challenge presented by the undefeated Iron will be less daunting if the Commanders can have a big game running the ball.
“We know Birmingham is coming with a lot,” Williams said. “We’re coming with a lot as well. We have a lot of fire power. We have everything we need to beat Birmingham. I’m not too much worried about what they have. It’s about us.”
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