Thursday, January 18, 2018
Colleges

Former Jefferson quarterback looks for playoff success with B-CU

As a senior at Jefferson High, Quentin Williams guided the team to its only state championship, broke the prep career passing yards record set by Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow when he was at Ponte Vedra Nease and earned Florida's Mr. Football award.

But colleges didn't recruit Williams as a quarterback.

At 6 feet and 190 pounds, he didn't have the build of a prototypical college quarterback, so colleges recruited him to play other positions.

Williams went to the only school that promised him the chance to play quarterback: Bethune-Cookman.

Three years later, he is producing results similar to his Dragon days.

The junior has helped lead the Wildcats (10-2) to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title and a first-round berth in the Division I-AA playoffs.

The Wildcats play at 1 today at Coastal Carolina (10-2).

Williams has passed for 1,173 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. He leads the MEAC with a 151.99 passing efficiency and also has rushed for 445 yards and three touchdowns.

Still, Williams has split time with backups Jackie Wilson and Brodrick Waters as coach Brian Jenkins sets high standards for all his quarterbacks.

"It's something new," Williams said. "Everybody brings something else to the table. I just play my role."

Consider last week. The Wildcats beat Florida A&M 29-10 in the Florida Classic with Williams combining for 165 yards of total offense and two rushing touchdowns. But he was benched in the third quarter after his fumble was returned for a FAMU touchdown.

"I made a mistake. I took it easy," Williams said. "The demanding ways from Coach is nothing new."

Jenkins sternly lectured Williams after the mistake.

"He knew he was going to hear an earful, that's why he walked right over to the buzz saw and got chopped up," Jenkins said after the game. "He knew what he had done. At that moment, I told him I was going to make a change-up. He agreed, he understood and he stayed right there in it. I think that speaks volumes about the type of quarterback he is and the type of person he is. He didn't gripe."

At the end of the game, Jenkins was right alongside Williams hoisting the MVP trophy.

Now Williams approaches today's game with the same attitude as he did when he led the Dragons to the state title.

"I'm taking it serious, same as high school," Williams said. "I want to push my team to another level."

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