March 15th, 2022 8:00am
Fayetteville State cornerback Joshua Williams put the football world on notice last month as the only NCAA Division II player — and the first-ever from FSU — chosen for college football’s most prestigious postseason All-Star game, the Senior Bowl.
Competing against the likes of Jim Thorpe Award winner Coby Bryant from Cinncinati, Baylor’s Jalen Pitre and J.T. Pines, Illinois ball-hawker Kerby Joseph and others, Williams made an impression on NFL scouts with his size and speed at workouts leading up to the showcase in Mobile, Alabama, on Feb. 5.
A 6-foot-3, rangy defensive back, Williams was one of 324 college football players in the country who received an invitation to the NFL Combine. The week-long showcase held in Indianapolis measures running, leaping and lifting abilities in an evaluation process that determines draftability.