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T.V. Williams Transfers to Texas State

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For the second time this offseason, the Bobcats have convinced a player at an SEC program to transfer to Texas State, the first being Missouri quarterback Eddie Printz and now Kentucky slot receiver T.V. Williams.

“What (Texas State head) coach (Everett) Withers and (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks) coach (Brett) Elliott were preaching was that they really want to change the program and change how people look at Texas State. That’s something I’m all for,” said Williams. “Plus, going out to Kentucky and being 13 plus hours away from home, it was a little hard. I love my family so much; it’ll be nice only being 3-4 hours away. Being able to play FBS ball and be able to play for coach Withers, who has proven himself as a head coach and a defensive mind, it was a no-brainer.”

Coming out of McKinney, Williams was a 3-star recruit for the class of 2014. He had D1 offers in the double figures, including Houston, Texas Tech, Iowa, Cal, Nebraska and Texas State. He also had interest from Alabama, Baylor, TCU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.


His speed undoubtedly brought him a lot of that attention, as he ran an official 4.31 40 at a camp when he was in high school and has consistently been timed in the 4.3 range.

“My sophomore summer, heading into my junior year in high school, me and a bunch of my friends we did a little camp circuit,” said Williams. “ We went to the University of Houston, SMU, Baylor, we went to a lot of schools. My fastest time was a 4.31. My slowest was a 4.37. So my average was in the 4.34-4.35 range.”

A three-year starter at McKinney, Williams played receiver, runningback and defensive back in high school. Based on his Hudl, he is a shifty speedster with good hands. He can run a screen route, a deep fade or a ten-yard in down the middle.

As a true freshman at Kentucky, Williams was able to break into the receiver rotation, hauling in four passes for 64 yards, including a 42-yard catch his first game. After Williams’ first season as a Wildcat, Kentucky offensive coordinator and the man who recruited Williams, Neal Brown, left to become the head coach at Troy. This would be the first in a series of events that would lead to Williams’ decision to transfer.

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“It was a bunch of things, they all kind of tie in together,” said Williams. “Playing time was part of it but I had three different offensive coordinators (in two years) during my time at Kentucky. We never had any stability. The offensive coordinator that recruited me left after my freshman season. Right after that, I saw my playing time go down slowly. Playing time was part of it but I guess the ultimate reason the changing of coaches. I loved my time at Kentucky. Things didn’t work out as well I planned it, but still I have some great memories. The fans there are remarkable, they showed me so much love.”

At 5’10”, 160-lbs, Williams has had to deal with the stigma of his small stature for as long as he has played football. But the way he sees it, his size, combined with his speed, can be used as an advantage due to his low center of gravity. Not to mention that it’s pretty hard to tackle what you can’t catch.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” said Williams when asked about criticisms of his size. “Some people just like big receivers. If there was a way I could show you the practice film and the film at Kentucky, you’d see the size deal doesn’t even bother me. The first couple weeks when I first got there, it did a little bit because I had to learn how to play lower to the ground and how to not let people get their hands on me. Once I got that down, all the wheels were turning and I was ready to go.”

After announcing his plans to transfer from Kentucky in April, Williams received offers from Marshall, Utah State, UNT, ACU and UCA before choosing Texas State. A native Texan, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to come back to Texas, until he came back and remembered how much he loved the Lone Star State.

“When I first decided to transfer, no,” said Williams when asked if getting back to Texas was a priority. “But once I got back to Texas and I took my visit to Texas State, I fell in love with the state all over again. I love Texas; I love Texas football. I’m thankful enough to be able to play in the state again.”

Williams will have to sit out this season (2016) but he will be eligible to play in 2017 and will have two years of eligibility as a Bobcat. He will attend Texas State this fall and hopes to start working out with the team as early as this summer.

But the real question remains: Is his name really T.V.?

“I wish I could tell you and you can try to look it up, but I promise you will never find it,” said Williams when asked about his name. “It stands for Television Williams. Nobody is ever going to figure out my real name unless you’ve got my birth certificate or social security card.”

Challenge accepted.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Really wish we could’ve seen more of TV W. here in Lexington. Can’t wait to watch him play for Texas State, though. Work hard and play fast!

  2. […]  T.V. Williams, Kentucky WR – At 5’8”, 160-lbs, Williams played his first two years in the SEC at Kentucky. A desire for more playing time and to be in his home state led him to Texas State. He was a three-star recruit out McKinney high school with a bunch of big time offers after he was officially clocked running a 4.31 40. He only caught five passes in two years at Kentucky. He is the only player on this list that won’t play this season due to transfer rules but he’ll be eligible for two more seasons starting in 2017. Read our profile of Williams right here. […]

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