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Avery Williams: From Walk-On to Household Name

Some say that success is when preparation meets opportunity.

Before eventually going 50-3 in his career at Boise State, Kellen Moore was given the opportunity to start as a freshman.

Moore used the opportunity he was given from coach Petersen and prepared for war.

The Walk-On

The term “walk-on” has played a pivotal and strong historical role in Boise State football. Players such as Matt Paradis, Leighton Vander Esch, and Brock Forsey all came to the Blue as walk-ons and later, received scholarships.

Before the 2017 campaign began, Boise State handed out eight scholarships, the most of any season in the past twenty years, to walk-ons.

One of those names included red-shirt freshman Avery Williams.

Who Is Avery Williams?

The Walk-On

Avery Williams comes to the Blue from Pasadena, California. He played for JSerra Catholic high school. As a senior, Williams ran for 1,175 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was later named the Trinity League CO-MVP.

Despite the impressive high school stats, Williams was not heavily recruited. Before the 2016 season, he accepted a preferred walk-on spot at Boise State.

Williams elected to redshirt his freshman season giving himself more time to perfect his craft.

While working on the scout team, Williams, who played mostly defense, went up against the likes of Cedrick Wilson and Thomas Sperbeck, Sports on Earth’s #14 receiver of 2016, on a daily basis.

Coaches and players raved about Williams’ play on the scout team. At the end of last season, he was named Scout Team: Special Teams Player of the Year.

Coming into the spring of 2017, the coaching staff said Williams was one of the most impressive defensive players during spring practices.

Williams was able to showcase his talent at the spring game. There, he picked off quarterback Brett Rypien forcing the scrimmage’s only turnover.

This was the first time Bronco Nation was able to see Avery Williams play ball, and it wouldn’t be the last.

The Scholarship Athlete

After the spring game, the Bronco football team dove straight into summer workouts.

During this time, the coaching staff must evaluate the team and prepare for future practices. One player, in particular, that needed evaluating, was walk-on Avery Williams.

On August 1st, Avery Williams received a scholarship from coach Bryan Harsin.

One of Harsin’s most impactful quotes reads: “hard work does not go unnoticed.”

Avery Williams, like many Boise State athletes both past and present, was given the opportunity to grind out the blue collar mentality. As there was no doubt much preparation on William’s behalf, there was also success, in the form of a scholarship.

Highlights vs. Troy

From the scout team to a special team’s threat, Williams has proven that hard work does not go unnoticed.

In Week 1 vs. the Troy Trojans, Avery provided the Broncos with the initial spark they needed.

His first touch of the game was an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown!

Overall, Avery had 5 punts that went for a total of 124 yards.

He, along with the physical play of his teammates, saw the Broncos defeat the Trojans 24-13.


About Darrek Harris

Darrek Harris
Darrek was born and raised in Boise, ID. Currently, he has an associates degree in English from the College of Western Idaho. He plans to pursue a bachelors degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He enjoys sports in many fashions: playing, cheering, and coaching. Bleed Blue, Go Broncos, Amen!

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