Being the son of a coach and playing quarterback for a powerhouse football school usually comes with tremendous pressure, but senior QB Da'Vaun Williams of Detroit King has handled it well. A two sport athlete at King which includes baseball, he is entering his senior year of high school and his third year as the signal caller for King, and holds an offer so far from Northwood University. A dual-threat QB, Williams will have to and is more than capable of stepping up for King this season, as well as some others, with the departure of workhorse RB Dennis Norfleet to Michigan. He helped lead the Crusaders to the state semi-finals last season before falling to eventual champion Brother Rice. King opens the season against Southfield High at The Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State August 25th, and is built to make another run at a PSL title and state title. He talks to me about the upcoming season, his recruitment and even their rivalry with Cass Tech.
Ht: 6'2" Wt: 215
First game ever played or started: In high school my 9th grade year I started at QB at South Lake.
Most memorable game: My sophomore year playing against Southeastern, I went 14-16 for 200+ yards and 3 touchdowns.
Pregame and Postgame Traditions: I really don't do anything, I just go out there and win and keep winning and always have.
Athlete: Aaron Rodgers because he tries to be perfect, he wants to win, and he never feels it is enough until he gets the championship, also my attitude and work ethic is like Ray Lewis's, relentless.
Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - How disheartening was the loss to Brother Rice in the state playoffs last season?
Da'Vaun Williams - "Man 1 point really hurt. To be that close and we just couldn't come through in the end. We had a good run, but that's not what we wanted, and we are not satisfied."
Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - As the QB and leader of the team, what are some of your expectations for this year's King football team?
Da'Vaun Williams - "My expectations are to be the best at all times, not just individually but together. I tell my team it takes every person on the team to win, not just one. Everyone has a part that they have to accomplish in order to win and become champions."
Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - You don't play rival Cass Tech in the regular season this year, how do you feel about that considering the history of the rivalry, and who else on the schedule are you all looking forward to playing?
Da'Vaun Williams - "My mind is on Southfield. I have to take it one week at a time. I don't agree with not having them on our schedule, but I have to move on. We will see them when we see them. I have bigger things on my mind then CASS, like a championship."
Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - What was it like playing with Dennis Norfleet for 3 seasons and who else besides yourself and standouts Mycial Allen and Leon Alexander should we look out for on King this year?
Da'Vaun Williams - "I've known him since I was little. He is like an older brother to me, and kept me going with his high energy. He was a great player for us beginning to end. Also look out for CB Robert Wallace, LB's Savon Thomas and Carl Fuller."
Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - How has your recruitment been going, and who has offered or is showing interest?
Da'Vaun Williams - "Northwood offered me and a lot of Division-2 and NAIA schools are showing interest. I just came back from Northern Illinois over the weekend."
Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - Are there any particular school(s) that you are interested in attending?
Da'Vaun Williams - "No, whoever gives me the most money to go to school and play football for."
Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - If you weren't playing football, what sport would you play and why?
Da'Vaun Williams - "Baseball, I've been playing that the longest and I love it like I love football."
Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - What skills have you been working on this offseason to improve on your game?
Da'Vaun Williams - "Consistency with my footwork and getting faster."
Branden Hunter / The D - Zone - How have your coaches at King influenced you as a young man, student and football player?
Da'Vaun Williams - "They have kept me on the right path throughout my years at King. They preach that without education nothing is possible unless you have the grades, and I love them for that. I have a 3.6 GPA and I scored a 21 on my ACT, and they say the higher you are in school the more you set yourself up for greatness in the future."
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