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December 26, 2011

Trey Williams: Offensive Player of the Year

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Tom Bergeron is the Senior Editor for RivalsHigh.com. Send ideas, questions or comments to TBergero@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow on Twitter.

Trey Williams' run to the 2011 RivalsHigh National Offensive Player of the Year started long before he was identified as one of just three five-star running backs ... long before he rushed for nearly 4,000 yards rushing and 50 touchdowns (that's in just his senior season) ... long before he helped propel Spring (Texas) Dekaney's first state championship.

If you ask his family, it started at age 3.

And it started because he was hungry.

"He wanted a sandwich," his older brother, Philip, recalled. "We were in the living room and he wanted a sandwich. So I told him if you can run through the living room and into the kitchen, I'll make you a sandwich. Then I told my other brother, Tyson, who was 6, that he needed to knock him down with a pillow."

Tyson never made the tackle.

"He did a spin move and got past him," Philip said with a laugh. "I looked at [Tyson] and said, 'You were supposed to knock him down.' He said, 'I tried.'"

From there, a star was born. Tyson Williams - a star in his own right who now plays at Texas Tech - became just the first defender to come up short against his diminutive brother.

Trey Williams stands just 5-foot-8 and goes just 175 pounds, but he is a combination of size and strength and stamina that reminds some of Reggie Bush, Warrick Dunn or even Barry Sanders. And, after an astounding 402 carries this season, any of the toughest backs in the game.

Just ask Rivals.com Texas analyst Brian Peroni. He saw Williams numerous times over his career and feels he's the complete package - an all-down back who can run and catch the ball out of the backfield.

"He is a compact runner, but he by no means is a situational back," Peroni said. "He's actually built pretty big and held up to the pounding of 400-plus carries this year with no problem. He can run between the tackles, but he is probably best on the stretch play to the edge. He is incredibly quick to the corner and reads the tackles well."

Williams said he's tried to pattern his game after Reggie Bush.

"I think I'm versatile," he said. "I can run, I can catch, I can hit the holes or go outside.

"If you put the ball in my hands, I'm going to make a play."

That was Dekaney's plan all season.

The school, in just its fourth season, had never made the playoffs until this season. Its success - capturing the Class 5A, Division II title in a convincing 34-14 victory over defending champion Cibolo (Texas) Steele - came behind Williams.

Williams rushed for 205 yards and three TDs in the title game, giving him 3,890 yards and 48 scores on the year.

Williams, however, gave all the credit to his teammates.

"I couldn't have done it without them," he said. "People are starting to realize where I'm coming from, where Dekaney is coming from. We came a long way. From the bottom to the top. We took it all."

Indeed it did. Dekaney was 0-9 in its first season; 5-5 in its second. Last season it jumped to 6-4 before going 14-2 this fall. It finished at No. 19 in the final RivalsHigh 100.

Williams is sad his career at Dekaney is over.

"Playing with those guys was something special," he said.

Next season, he'll head to Texas A&M. And head to the SEC, where some people feel he be at the bottom again.

"People think just because we're going to a new league and the SEC we're going to get killed," he said. "We're not. We've got a good class coming in and good players there."

SEC, Big 12 - Williams says there's no difference.

"Competition is competition," he said. "I'm ready to go. I've been competing all my life."

Starting with an impressive run through the living room.

MORE: See all of state title winners for 2011 | Share your thoughts on Trey Williams' award

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