Raequan Williams - Defensive Beast, Future Mayor Of Chicago?

Raequan Williams - Defensive Beast, Future Mayor Of Chicago?

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Raequan Williams - Defensive Beast, Future Mayor Of Chicago?

Spartan veteran Raequan Williams is ready for huge season as an interior defensive menace.  But it’s his longer term goals that make his coach proudest.

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The entire package of size, strength, power, and brute force that Raequan Williams contributes to Michigan State’s interior defensive attack is a package that makes defensive coordinator Mike Tressel and head coach Mark Dantonio cautiously optimistic that the 2018 Spartans will pick things up where they left them off in 2017.

One of the biggest weaknesses of the 2016 team that faltered and limped to its forgettable 3-9 record was the lack of the interior strength and ability to get to the quarterback.

That 2016 team registered a total of 11 sacks over the course of the entire season.

That doesn’t get it done in the Big Ten or anywhere else.

In the aftermath of that 2016 disaster, Dantonio and Tressel (and former co-defensive coordinator Harlan Barnett, of course) made a commitment to re-emphasizing the essential need to make Al Davis a Michigan State fan –

Al Davis was smiling from on high (or from below, depending on where Davis wound up) all throughout the 2017 season as the Spartans rejuvenated their defensive attack from the inside and the edge and finished the season with 28 sacks.

Raequan Williams had 2.5 of those sacks from his defensive tackle spot.

This guy is 6’4″, 295 pounds.

And since we like to consider facts here, take a look at some of Raequan’s bona fides from the 2017 season –

  • Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media.
  • Started all 13 games.
  • Named recipient of the MSU Iron Man Award (strength and conditioning).
  • Tallied 31 tackles, including 6.0 tackles for loss (23 yards) and 2.5 sacks (11 yards).
  • Set or tied a career high in six of last 10 games played.

That first bullet that addresses him being named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media suggests that every once in a while the Enemy of the People are paying attention.

And the MSU Iron Man Award that recognizes the Spartan who demonstrates the best performance and commitment to strength and conditioning?

Have you ever talked with Michigan State’s strength and conditioning coach and legend, Ken Mannie?

In my experience, whenever I’ve gotten within a hundred yards of Ken Mannie, I’ve had the sense that my blood has been replaced by nitroglycerin and that my hair has been replaced by elongated titanium fibers.

Williams is a strong and well-conditioned man who applies that strength and conditioning appropriately.

It’s not a stretch to suggest that Raequan Williams will register at least five sacks this coming season and will be a major reason why the Spartans deliver a repeat performance of the 2017’s team finish as the nation’s #2 defense against the run (behind only Alabama).

But, with all of the excitement and performance and further potential on the field, none of that is what makes Mark Dantonio most excited when talking about Raequan Williams.

At this past week’s Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, as Dantonio listed Williams as one of his leaders who could have joined Brian Lewerke, LJ Scott, and Khari Willis in Chicago as representatives of the program, he lit up like a Christmas tree when he leaned forward with a smile and said this to the gaggle of reporters around him –

“And, Raequan Williams – he’s going to be the mayor of Chicago one day…..You watch…..that’s his dream…….And he’s gonna get there……I’ll campaign for him, too….”

Williams grew up in Chicago and starred at what will always be known as Gordon Tech to most of us, even though it’s now called DePaul College Prep.

For those old enough to remember Spartan full back battering ram Rob Roy, he was a product of Gordon Tech.

But Dantonio’s ebullient enthusiasm for a future Mayor Williams?

I’m thinking that Williams has a personality that is infectious.

I’m thinking that his coach likes that – and respects that.

I’m thinking that when there is a crucial third down and the Spartan defense has to get off the field, Williams has an ability to get his defensive unit together and focused on exactly what everyone needs to do.

I’m thinking that Williams has the ability to get the attention of his teammates in the locker room, on the practice field, and on the team bus.

And I’m thinking that Williams is going to get the attention of the offensive lineman that are going to have to try to stop him this season.

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