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Cadillac Williams accepts his third down role



Running back Cadillac Williams has accepted his role as the Bucs tailback on third down and during the two-minute offense.

The emergence of rookie LeGarrette Blount, who rushed 19 times for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-16 win over Carolina has pushed Williams into the shadows, although he has started all nine games this season.

Williams has been used primarily in passing situations, but his 45-yard touchdown Sunday in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Bucs. He finished with five carries for 62 yards.  

"Things are really starting to come together,'' Williams said. "LeGarrette has stepped in and done a really good job, breaking tackles, getting looks. I'm doing me. So it's cool.

"Me, I am a competitor, I would love to be out there and get more carries and put forth what I can do out there. But it is what it is. We're winning, we're 6-3 and it's just a pleasure to see these young guys out here playing, man, so it's cool. Whenever my number is called, I'm going to continue to do what I can do.''

Williams also caught two passes for 23 yards, including a 16-yarder on third-and-15 just prior to his touchdown run. He also called his shot in the huddle.

"To be real, I stepped into the huddle and I said, "Look guys, I know we're just trying to run the ball. But I'm trying to score. If you guys come off the ball, I'm going to the house,'' Williams said. "They said, 'Yeah, yeah.' I said, 'Yeah, bro, for real.' I told them about two or three times. 'Ya'll come off the ball and I'm going to the house.' Man, those guys did a great job up front and it wasn't nothing but green grass.''

Bucs coach Raheem Morris said Williams doesn't get enough credit for being an unselfish player and helping to develop Blount. 

"I know Cadillac is not one of our team captains, he wasn't voted that way,'' Morris said. "But he is certainly one of our team characters. That's why when Cadillac goes out and doesn't have a great game running the ball and everybody wants to be down on him. It's easy to be the coach from outside the building if you don't know what's going on inside the building. If you don't know how much Cadillac has helped LeGarrette Blount get to this point, then you're sadly mistaken, you're making a big mistake judging that young man's character.

"What you say as a coach to Cadillac and what you do as a coach to Cadillac is very important to everyone on your team because believe me, they're all looking. They all want to know what's going on with Cadillac and Cadillac wants to know what's going on, what's best for his football team. There is no doubt about that. That's one of things I'll remain unwavered by because Cadillac is the ultimate character guy on our football team and he means a lot to us, a lot to our offense and he certainly means a lot to Free(man), just ask him.''

[Last modified: Monday, November 15, 2010 4:50pm]


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