McALESTER — Statistics don’t say much about McAlester senior receiver and defensive back Blakely Williams, but his teammates definitely know Williams’ value.
Every time a running back, quarterback or receiver has broken off a big run or turned a short catch into a long one, chances are Williams was a few step ahead, throwing a key block.
“’Extremely unselfish’ is the way I would describe him,” Buffs coach Bryan Pratt said of Williams on Wednesday. “He doesn’t care about getting the ball, or ‘I’m not getting this or that.’ He just does what he’s supposed to do, and he gives us great effort, and he always has. Whether it’s special teams, defense, offense, when he’s out there, he’s going to give us everything he has and have a great attitude about it.”
Born in a military hospital in Glenpool, Tex., Williams spent his first three years in Mississippi, then moved to McAlester. He started playing football for Savanna in the fourth grade, playing a multitude of offensive and defensive positions.
Williams said he grew up watching the Buffaloes play every Friday night. He transferred to Puterbaugh Middle School in the seventh grade, then settled into his current combination of wide receiver and defensive back in the ninth grade.
“There’s a lot more competition, coming from Savanna (to McAlester),” Williams said. “It makes me play harder, and I think it’s made me better.”
Williams said he likes playing offense and defense equally. Both provide an opportunity to be physical with the opposition, which he said lets him “blow off some steam.”
After a year of freshman football and then a year on the JV, Williams made varsity as a junior in 2012. He played his first Friday-night game in Week 1 against Stillwater at Hook Eales Stadium.