Jul 25, 2013 7:13 PM by Andrew Masuda
Former Cal Poly All-American Deonte Williams is ready to take advantage of his dream opportunity. Williams, a Second Team All-American at Cal Poly in 2012, reported to Napa this week to open training camp with the Oakland Raiders. The 5-10, 213 pound running back signed as an undrafted free agent immediately after the 2013 NFL Draft.
Williams, who grew up in Sacramento, is a life-long Raiders fan. He is one of six running backs in camp with Oakland.
" I'm very excited you know. I've been waiting a long time for this opportunity so just to be out here and get to compete with all these guys. So it's a very humbling, but exciting uphill journey I've got. Man, I'm excited but I feel like I'm ready," said Williams during a phone interview Thursday with KSBY.
Williams rushed for 1,506 yards, 72 yards short of the school record, and 12 touchdowns last fall for the Mustangs. He helped Cal Poly to a 9-3 record and, in its first season in the Big Sky, a share of the conference championship with Montana State and Eastern Washington. The Mustangs earned their third FCS playoff berth in the last eight years, falling to Sam Houston State in the second round Dec. 1.
Williams surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing 10 times in 12 games last season, including a season-high 188 against UC Davis. His streak of six 100-yard games from games six through 11 broke Antonio Warren's streak of five games (1995-96).
Williams' ten 100-yard games in a season is two more than the old school record set by James Noble in 2005. He became the 15th Mustang to crack the 1,000-yard mark for a season and averaged 6.5 yards per carry. Williams also caught eight passes for 52 yards and a score.
Thursday, the Oakland players attended meetings and underwent physicals. The first practice is on Friday.
The Raiders play their first preseason game on August 9 in Dallas. They open the regular season on September 8 in Indianapolis.
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