Fla. A&M's Williams as quick with his feet as he is with PR flair Kick returner to test Morgan State tomorrow

Notebook

October 31, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Florida A&M kick returner Undre Williams is not only one of the fastest football players in the nation but also might be the best self-promoter in college football.

Williams, a senior who will play against Morgan State tomorrow, sent letters in September across the country to newspapers and television stations and wound up getting a plug on ESPN recently.

Williams once ran 40 yards in 4.19 seconds at a Florida State football camp after high school and is listed in the Florida A&M football brochure as possessing "4.2-4.3" speed.

Williams said in his letter he broke the famous "Bullet Bob" Hayes' Florida A&M 40-yard dash record earlier this year with a time of 4.23.

However, longtime Rattlers track coach Bobby Lang said this week that Williams could not have officially broken Hayes' 40-yard record because "we didn't keep any records in the 40 when Bob was here in the mid-1960s. Nobody talked much about the 40 back then. The 100-yard dash was the big thing then and Bob set a record at 9.1."

Williams said he sent the letters because people are "unaware of my accomplishments due to the lack of recognition and exposure I receive by playing for a small Division I-AA school."

"In addition to being successful academically [3.0 GPA last spring], my greatest ambition and desire is to be chosen in the NFL draft and play in the NFL," said Williams.

One thing is certain.

If Williams does unleash just some of his 4.19 speed in the 40-yard dash tomorrow against Morgan State in Kingsland, Ga., Morgan coach Stump Mitchell's return to his hometown will turn into one big nightmare.

Mitchell is taking his 3-4 Bears to Kingsland's Chris Gilman Stadium, where he played his high school football for Camden County High.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game with 5-2 Florida A&M was supposed to be a Morgan home game but was switched to Mitchell's hometown. The Rattlers crushed the Bears, 83-12, last year.

Williams played his first two years of college at Clemson before transferring to Florida A&M.

As a junior, he ranked third in Division I-AA in punt returns, averaging 16.1 yards a return. He also averaged a school-record 32.4 yards on eight kickoff returns.

In seven games as a senior, Williams is third in Division I-AA again with an average of 15.9 per return.

His big day this season came against Norfolk State when he returned two punts for touchdowns (81 and 40 yards) and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in one of his few appearances as a wide receiver.

No school, no game

Frostburg State's trip to London, Ky., tomorrow to meet National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school Sue Bennett in football has been canceled.

The reason is simple: Sue Bennett closed its doors Oct. 15 because of financial problems.

It would have been a near-certain victory for the 5-2 Bobcats, who breezed past Sue Bennett, 31-6, last year.

Towson women set mark

The Towson University women's soccer team has established a school single-season record for wins with a 12-4-1 mark entering this weekend's final two regular-season games.

The Tigers have already clinched a berth in the America East playoffs and have been led by senior Christie Landi and freshman goalkeeper Tina Steck, from Baltimore's Mercy High.

Landi contributed two assists last weekend in a 3-0 win over Hofstra to become the school's career scoring leader with 25 goals and 15 assists for 65 points.

Steck registered shutouts over Hofstra and Delaware last weekend, giving her 10 this season -- a Towson single-season mark and career record.

Green leads Coppin State

Junior Isis Green and the Coppin State women's cross country team will be shooting for their sixth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship in the last seven years tomorrow at Oregon Ridge Park at 10 a.m.

Green has been the first Coppin runner across the finish line this season in the four meets she has competed in and she took fifth place last year in the MEAC championships.

Zara Eden, Draphet Moody, Lisa Taylor, Sceana Young, Elethia Rhoden and Janee Ward are other top Coppin runners who are expected to help the Eagles tomorrow.

Coppin to open preseason

Coppin State's men's basketball team will open its exhibition schedule Tuesday night, meeting the Maryland All-Stars at 7: 30 at the Coppin Center.

The Maryland All-Stars will include former West Virginia standout Darryl Prue and former Duke player Clay Buckley.

Mount spurts behind Ray

With freshman goalkeeper Rob Ray leading the way, the Mount St. Mary's men's soccer team has improved its record to 10-5-2 and is in the running for a Northeast Conference playoff berth.

Ray, from Dundalk High, has vaulted into the ninth spot in the nation among Division I goalkeepers with a 0.66 goals-against average. Ray is first in the South Atlantic Region.

Simon Hodkin continues to lead the Mount offense with 34 points (12 goals, 10 assists), which places him eighth in the country in scoring.

The Mount's Mark Sothern is second in the nation in assists with 14.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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