The Kansas Jayhawks came into the 2018 season with a lot of hope, expecting to improve all-around which would help lead the team to more victories. However, a 26-23 overtime loss to Nicholls State showed Jayhawk Nation that their football team was still a bottom barrel team.
It was not until week two where the Jayhawks proved their preseason expectations and found bursts of potential in a 31-7 victory over Central Michigan. Although it was only Central Michigan, Kansas gave their fans something to root for in the form of true freshman Anthony “Pooka” Williams.
Receiving offers from big name schools such as LSU, 4-star recruit Pooka Williams chose to journey to Lawrence, Kansas for his collegiate career and compete with the University of Kansas. Williams, along with the Jayhawks’ other 4-star recruit, cornerback Corione Harris, gave Jayhawk Nation something to cheer for, a potential future.
Most fans expected Harris to take over the starting position and become arguably the best defensive back in Kansas history, a history that includes the likes of Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., and Darrell Stuckey. However, two games into the season, the script has seemed to flip, and instead, Williams has taken over as the “future of Kansas football”.
Williams, who made his season debut against Central Michigan, showed flashes of greatness. Leading 7-0 going into halftime, the Jayhawks were looking at a potential second loss of the season against another FCS school. Although the defense was doing their part, the offense could not find its way into the end zone.
It was not until head coach Dead Beaty gave Williams a chance that Kansas found its burst offensively. On his first run of the third quarter, Williams ripped off a 20-yard run into the Central Michigan end zone, putting the Jayhawks up 14-0.
A little high-stepping to his first touchdown!
On their very next drive, Williams would take a 52-yard rush into the end zone, putting Kansas up 21-0. This burst of energy also pushed the defense, as they would intercept Central Michigan quarterback Tony Poljan four times.
Again, the game was only against Central Michigan, an FCS school that is not good at all, but for Kansas, a Power 5 school that has been arguably the worst FBS team for quite some time, it is a big win.
Williams finished the game with 14 rushes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Williams gave the Jayhawks a fire on offense, which then carried over to the defense. Something the Kansas offense has lacked for a while now is a surge of energy.
KANSAS WINS!!! Behind two touchdowns from freshman Pooka Williams, #KUfball comes out victorious over Central Michigan #RockChalk pic.twitter.com/HDJHkPHSnh
— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) September 8, 2018
If Williams can continuously be that surge of energy and be the fire behind the Jayhawk offense, expect the team to make big jumps this season and maybe once again win another Big 12 game.
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