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USports Spotlight of the Day: Edgerrin Williams, WR, University of British Columbia

Edgerrin Williams the standout wide receiver from the University of British Columbia recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds scout Naol Denko.
  • Name: Edgerrin Williams
  • Position: WR
  • College: UBC (Canada)
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 190lbs

Hello Edgerrin! Thanks for taking the time to speak with me. How are you doing? What are you up to these days? Please introduce yourself to our readers!

Thank you sir, my pleasure. I’m doing good, feeling blessed. I’m currently doing off-season training and finishing up the semester school-wise. Many call me Edge or Edgerrin but I’m a Receiver/Returner at UBC who is going into my 4th season with the T-Birds and we are all working towards our end goal come this fall. 

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What got you into football? & Why do you enjoy playing football?

Football was instilled in me when I was a baby, my name originally comes from NFL Hall of Fame Running Back Edgerrin James. Those who know me will know I was a basketball player first growing up but always felt the transition from the court to the field was quite similar to the receiver position but with a lot more contact. By Grade 10, I stepped full force into football and believed the dedication I put in would create better opportunities for me and my loved ones long-term. I feel as a receiver you have the opportunity to work on your craft from many angles such as better hands, better footwork, different releases as well as being able to read coverages. With that being said, the enjoyment of football for me was that it isn’t enough in terms of being only good at only some aspects rather than the whole pie. Therefore from when I started football, to now and even in the future, being able to add new skills to your toolbox as a playmaker and executing the outcome at a high level is a great feeling that many can vouch for.

What are your goals as a football player and as an overall person?

As a football player, I have many goals but the main goal will always be to be a winner. From High School, it was always instilled in all my prior teammates and myself that the standard we had to set in order to win led us to become ranked #1 in Canada. The goal remains the same with the T-Birds though we have fallen short a few times along the road. The standard is raised even higher and we know what’s at cost therefore I believe we have what it takes to get it done as time will tell. As for my personal goals, I’ve always wanted to be able to play in the NFL and have success. Though everyone has that same million-dollar dream, I personally believe everyone’s journey and outcomes are always different; as a Canadian from Hamilton, I must double down and continue to bet on myself and my teammates to be successful. All in all, deeper than being just a football player I do strive to be the best version of a young successful man when it’s all said and done where I’m able to provide for myself and those around me. Though I’m still growing up and have much more to experience and learn, I let life play its course and continue to count my blessings on and off the field.

How do you feel going into your 4th year at UBC?

Going into my 4th year, I am excited and highly motivated by my teammates and coaches to be the best version of myself and have the ability to help our team finish what we started and set the foundation for the following years. The ability to be a student-athlete at one of the most prestigious colleges in the world is an opportunity of a lifetime in which our coach always harps on us to leave our legacy in the program and reach our full potential as football players and also as young men.

What was your best game last season? How did you feel after the game?

My best game last year would be the Shrum Bowl Game which was the final game of the year. I had a few game-changing plays, one play in particular that had 1M+ views via social media but more importantly the ability to help our team get a spark and put us in a position to win. Personally, it felt great post-game to be able to share a unique moment with the senior players who had a chance to win their final game as a T-Bird. We fell short of our ultimate goal prior to the Bowl game but I felt the win gave us a positive step into our off-season and ultimately finishing a memorable game together.

What’s your typical fitness routine?

My fitness routine consists of 6 days of Strength Training as well as Spring Camp currently and being able to get on the field everyday to catch, whether it be route running specific, Jug machines, or speed specific. Our strength training is very specific and everything has its rhyme or reason. This off-season I have made sure to change my diet, emphasize my rest, and train with purpose which our trainers from every level are here to help us have a better understanding and reach our max potential the correct way. I also like to play basketball on occasion if I have free time as I will always have a love for hoops.

What is your favorite offensive scheme and why?

 My favourite offensive scheme would be West Coast. I feel West Coast would be highly favoured for many receivers, especially myself as I look to always get YAC everytime I touch the ball. West Coast is usually known for its emphasis on short, quick passes to receivers which can be beneficial for smaller, quick receivers who excel at route-running and making plays after the catch. I do overall feel I can strive in any scheme as long as I do my job to the highest degree and help keep the defense off the field.

What would you tell a team during a draft interview?

I would tell teams interviewing me that they are getting a player who brings an unmatched competitive edge everyday whether it be a little or small task. I don’t like to lose in any situation but understand that in these situations how can I as a good teammate and leader help the team rise. I value and respect all my teammates on and off the field and seek accountability from myself but also my peers. I value my craft and am a student of the game. I love to learn and show respect to my coaches while understanding pressure is a privilege as there’s much expected of me, which I hold myself accountable to. Essentially, I have a spark that a team needs but never gets too high or too low as I understand tables always turn but most importantly I seek to make those around me win.

What would you tell aspiring football athletes?

I would tell aspiring athletes to understand their role and always trust the process. As cliche as it may seem everyone going to have a different story and there’s gonna be adversity at some point. How we respond to adversity and certain situations will determine the future. Always be eager to learn more and hold yourself accountable before someone else. Through my years at UBC, I had to grow up fast but I always trusted the process and understand that Rome wasn’t built in a day and always charge it to the game.

Do you have any highlights you want to show?

What’s your Twitter/Instagram? So, any potential fans/scouts can check you out!

Thanks for speaking with me! All the best with your football career!

Thank you, Naol for taking the time to reach out.

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