After his final high school game ended, Bryce Williams thought his football career was over.
“My dream was to get a D-I scholarship,” Williams said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I was pretty much open to any school. After my Senior Night, last game, I was pretty upset thinking I would never play football again because I didn’t have any D-I offers or any D-I opportunities at the time at all. I was definitely bummed for sure.”
Williams, however, did something about it.
He walked on at Marshall and eventually transferred to East Carolina, where his twin brother, Shawn, was a kicker. Williams, a wide-receiver-turned-tight-end, caught 38 balls for 457 yards in his first two seasons at ECU but had 58 catches for 588 yards in 2015. He finished his career with 13 touchdown receptions and plans on taking his strong work ethic to the NFL.
“Just knowing where hard work has gotten me in my life, obviously it’s gotten me far,” he said. “I’ve been blessed for certain things to play out for me obviously, but hard work has been a huge part of it. So I’m bringing that, carrying that over to the NFL, just knowing that nothing’s going to be handed to me and especially how quick you can lose a job in the NFL. It’s pretty much my main focus – just hard work.”
Williams, who is 6-6 and ran a 4.94 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, had perhaps the best game of his career last September, hauling in nine catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in a 31-24 loss against Florida in the Swamp.
“I’m not worried who my opponent is,” said Williams, a projected fourth-round pick. “I’m going to go after them no matter who it is and give it my best.”