Raequan Williams - Coming Back To Finish His Business

Raequan Williams - Coming Back To Finish His Business

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Raequan Williams - Coming Back To Finish His Business

Michigan State’s junior defensive tackle Raequan Williams made it clear recently – he’s not leaving for the NFL. Williams will be back to anchor the nation’s best defensive front in 2019. The Spartan defense will thrive once again.

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On December 10th, we wrote about how Michigan State has a few Spartans with decisions to make about their futures.

Specifically, we were referring to Raequan Williams, Justin Layne, Kenny Willekes, Joe Bachie, and Mike Panasiuk since those have been the names mostly mentioned by The Experts as potentially leaving for the NFL.

Before we go any further, let me say this:

I haven’t ever held anything against any college football or basketball player who decides to make himself eligible for the NFL or NBA Draft if they’re good enough to be drafted.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again:

If someone would have come along and said to me in 1992, “We think you are an exceptional beer drinker and Bilbo’s breadsticks eater and we think that the teams in the National Beer Guzzling & Bilbo’s Breadstick Eating League (NBGBBEL) would jump at the chance to draft you in the first or second round of the league’s upcoming draft and we also think that you have a chance to make about $976 gazillion if you are selected in the first or second round….”, I never would have gotten out of bed in the mornings leading up to the NBGBBEL’s subsequent draft.

Millions of dollars to play football or basketball?

Go for it, guys.

And good for you.

I find the folks out there who have “issues” with college football or basketball players leaving early for a shot at millions of dollars to be less than credible with their sanctimonious positions.

These kids should jump at any chance to live out their dreams – obviously.

It’s possible to also admire a college football or basketball player for holding off on running for the money and choosing to stick around for whatever his reasons may be.

Miles Bridges made a great, fun, admirable decision to stick around for another year and try to cut down that final net.

And if anyone thinks Bridges’s decision didn’t work out since he and his teammates came up short on winning the whole shebang, those folks should ask themselves if Bridges has any trouble sleeping these days.

So, what did we say back on December 10th when we tried to speculate about the decisions these Spartans would make?

Here’s the link to the piece – see for yourself –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/12/10/more-spartans-considering-nfl-draft-whos-staying/

In case you’d rather not click the link and go through all of the very challenging procedures and steps required to read what’s in the link, I’ll make it easy for you.

Justin Layne has announced he’ll enter the NFL Draft.

Good for you, JLayne – we’re thrilled for you and can’t wait to ask you for a loan.

What did we say about Raequan Williams?

Here – read what we said right here –

RAEQUAN WILLIAMS

Before we even make note of the on-the-field accomplishments of Raequan Williams, let’s just state the most obvious aspect of this monster:

He’s a 6’4″, 300 pound guy who can play defensive tackle or defensive end.

He’s fast, he’s tough as hell, he plays with a rare mix of reckless abandon and appropriate discipline.

In this season that just concluded, he had 14 solo tackles, 32 assists, 9.5 tackles for loss, and he forced a fumble.

If any Spartan is primed for the NFL at this point, it’s Williams.

He’s big enough, fast enough, smart enough, and ready.

The question is – does he want to come back and contribute (significantly) to working towards the Big Ten Championship he and his teammates were hell bent on competing for this season?

Chances of resisting the NFL Draft and being in the Ken Mannie’s weight room all offseason with visions of destroying opponents all season long for Michigan State in 2019 – a perfectly-made Sharkbowl with only one or two gummy sharks at the bottom of the bowl.

And, as we all now know, Williams has made it abundantly clear that he’s coming back to spend a lot more time in Ken Mannie’s weight room over the next few months.

Williams worked alongside Mike Panasiuk to form what Spartan defensive coordinator Mike Tressel calls “Salt N Pepper.”

These guys were the anchors to the best defensive line in the nation.

Go ahead and dispute that if you’d like to – you’d be wrong to dispute it, however.

Mike Panasiuk isn’t going anywhere and anyone who thinks he’s entering the NFL Draft should be required to battle Mike Panasiuk in a wrestling match every morning at 6a between now and March 1st.

Raequan Williams as a senior defensive tackle alongside Panasiuk next season?

Running the ball on the Spartans has always been hard for college football teams to do.

Next season, it’s going to be even harder.

Raequan Williams will be there and he’ll be punishing opponents in the trenches all season long.

He’s talked about how his mom is adamant about him finishing his schooling so that he can forever hold on to his degree.

But I think it’s fair to speculate that he has plenty of other reasons to stick around.

Next up, Kenny Willekes.

If Willekes sticks around, will anyone on Michigan State’s schedule be able to gain more than around 16 yards on the ground against the Spartans?

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