By Daniel Wallace
In six games this season, junior wide receiver Terrance Williams has already equaled his touchdown total from last season. He has four scores on the year and his 352 receiving yards this season has proved to him to be another weapon for junior quarterback Robert Griffin III and the already explosive Baylor offense.
Williams is coming off his best receiving game as a Bear against Texas A&M on Oct. 15. He had a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown on eight catches in the Bears’ 55-28 loss. It was William’s 77-yard touchdown catch from Griffin that gave the Bears the early 14-10 lead in the second quarter.
Senior wide receiver Kendall Wright said he had long anticipated William’s big game and was pleased that his teammate was able to make the most of his opportunity.
“It was his time to break out,” he said. “He had been waiting on this game and I had been waiting for him.”
Head coach Art Briles said Williams is a great contributor, great in practice and he respects the fact that he knows Williams will provide tough execution on every play. Briles also admires the unselfish demeanor of Williams, a quality not normally associated with wide receivers in football.
Williams said he never goes over to Griffin and asks for the ball to come his way because Griffin knows what to do in certain situations, and Williams trusts his leadership. Williams knows his job is to catch what comes his way and does not consider it much more than that.
“We know we just have to catch passes from Robert,” he said. “That’s what we’ve been doing all year. Kendall is having a good year but when he is double covered, we have to step up and catch the ball.”
Williams has emerged as one of the main deep threats for Griffin this season and credits that to his preparation before the season began.
“That’s something I had been working on the whole summer,” he said. “I’ve just been trying to catch the ball and make Robert look good.”
Williams played on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball for W.T. White High School in Dallas. He said he never came off the field. He has enjoyed his transition into being a full-time receiver for the Bears and contributing on offense.
Right now, he is focusing on running better routes and has the desire to become the more complete receiver.
In his true freshman year, 2008, Williams sat out the season and participated on the practice squad. He redshirted that year in order to retain his four-year eligibility. Williams earned the team’s Baylor Offensive Bear Squad award for his work on the scout team in that year.
As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Williams played in all 12 games for the Bears and showed his versatility in his game, making an immediate impact on special teams, especially kickoff returns.
It was then he ranked third in the Big 12 with a 24.1 kickoff return average.
In his sophomore year last season, Williams started 10 of 13 games as a wide receiver and a returner.
On the offensive side of the ball, he tallied 43 receptions for 484 yards and four touchdowns.