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CSM HC Tulloch Backs Williams' Character

August 13, 2019
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We were all young once. Admit it, we’ve all made mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes can be very public for a football player or anyone with a bit of a spotlight on them. 

What a world we live in in with social media and the instant flow of traveling news. Quite a different time for most of us that grew up in an age where cell phones didn’t or barely existed. 

But there are two types of folks who break the rules. Usually it comes down to those that make a single mistake, an isolated mistake, and those that are repeat offenders. I believe there is a huge disparity between the two. 

It’s quite possible College of San Mateo (Calif.) safety Bennett Williams falls into the former category. He was an All-American as a freshman at Illinois but unfortunately made a mistake along the way and made his way closer to home. Williams grew up in the Bay area playing his HS ball with Oregon running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio. The two have been friends dating back a number of years. 

CSM head coach Tim Tulloch knows them both very well. 

“One of the neat things about my relationship with Bennett is I’ve known him since he was a baby. His uncle was coaching here at CSM when I started. I’ve worked with him and Cyrus (Habibi-Likio) at different times when they were growing up. They’re both very much alike. Great kids that come from great families. Successful families. They both have a lot of great support in their corner and it shows.”

Tulloch went on to say Williams has continued to be a high-character individual since his arrival at CSM.

“He’s such a hard worker. He continues to say all the right things. We had a bootcamp challenge recently. And guys were not on the same page. Bennett pulled them all together and got them straightened out. He’s humble but very confident. He was on the Dean’s list in the Spring. I know he had a great summer. He took an English class this summer even though he didn’t have to, just to get ahead. He fulfilled all of the community service requirements we have and then some. He’s on pace to graduate in December with no problems. You do this long enough, you can see when a kid’s locked in. The way he practices, the way he trains, the way he handles his business off the field, you can tell he’s on a mission. He has tremendous core character.”

Of course it’s great to have an All-American on your roster. Tulloch didn’t downplay how good of an addition Williams has been on the football field as well.

“He loves football so much. He’s great in the film room and that shows on the field. He knows offenses, formations, he sees plays before they happen. That’s why he’s so good at anticipating routes and he knows where the ball is going. He’s played at a high level so he knows the game. He’s such a good space tackler and just has that natural feel for the game you just can’t coach.”

Along with Oregon, coach Tulloch noted Texas A&M, Colorado and USC expressing strong interest in Williams. 

 

 

 
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