Keon Williams wore his blue socks to practice Wednesday. Today, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman tailback might sport his yellow pair.
The socks are basically UTC colors, but their history dates back long before Williams signed with the Mocs. The blue socks are from his Red Bank days, he said, and the gold-looking yellow ones go all the way back to middle school.
"I'm just rockin' my socks," Williams said, smiling. "[The yellow pair have] got, like, two holes in them, but they're holding up pretty good."
That's hard to believe given the way Williams runs. The powerful 6-foot, 215-pounder wants to be UTC's top tailback, though he diplomatically said he's willing to wait his turn.
"But if they're ready for me to start, I'm ready to get in," he said.
Fifth-year senior Erroll Wynn, who leads the Southern Conference in rushing, is No. 1 on the depth chart and could be ready to play Saturday when the Mocs (1-2, 0-1 SoCon) visit Western Carolina (1-2, 0-0).
Wynn suffered a sprained shoulder against Eastern Kentucky last week and practiced in a no-contact jersey Wednesday, as did sophomore J.J. Jackson, who started the first two games before missing last week with a shoulder injury.
Williams, the former all-state back at Red Bank, has been UTC's No. 2 the past couple of weeks and scored his first touchdown against EKU.
"That felt good," he said. "That was probably one of the best feelings I've ever had, off a touchdown anyways."
In the past two games, Williams has rushed 24 times for 78 yards. Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield said Williams has been "a totally different player in practice" since making his collegiate debut against Jacksonville State.
During UTC's win-sealing touchdown drive in the fourth quarter against EKU, Williams ran the ball five times. His first carry went for 18 yards and his last was a 3-yard power run up the middle on third down for a touchdown.
"Last year we'd have had to throw the ball to score that touchdown," Satterfield said, "and now we've got the luxury of handing the ball to a big back."
Kicker Jeff Veres (groin) has not kicked yet this week, but Mocs coach Russ Huesman said he expects him to be available on Saturday. ... Linebacker Ryan Consiglio (concussion) practiced Wednesday, while defensive tackle La'Nard Carr (knee) did not.
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