Tennessee player of the week: Preston WIlliams

Tennessee had plenty of playmakers on Saturday, such as Alvin Kamara and Evan Berry, who combined for three touchdowns. However, this week’s best performance goes to true freshman wide receiver Preston Williams.

After a tough loss to Oklahoma in week two, Tennessee did not disappoint in a 55-10 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday. In front of an impressive crowd of 102,136 people, the Vols were in control from the first snap to the final whistle.

Photo by Kevan Elkins
Photo by Kevan Elkins

Tennessee had plenty of playmakers on Saturday, such as Alvin Kamara and Evan Berry, who combined for three touchdowns. However, this week’s best performance goes to true freshman wide receiver Preston Williams.

The former five-star recruit exceeded expectations against the Catamounts. Williams had three receptions, two of which were touchdowns, and 98 yards receiving. Williams also became the first freshman since Justin Hunter in 2010 to have two receiving touchdowns in one game.

The game started and ended with Williams, as he scored the Vols’ first and last touchdowns. Early in the first quarter, Williams had his first career reception, a 25-yard pass from quarterback Josh Dobbs, to put the Volunteers up 6-0. In the third quarter, freshman quarterback Quinten Dormady connected with Williams from 24 yards out for Tennessee’s final score of the night.

Head coach Butch Jones had nothing but praise for Williams in his post-game press conference.

“He [Williams] is really good in the intermediate throws, in quick game, in curls, in outs, in comebacks,” said Jones. “But he’s just so long, he can play the ball in the air, and he can run. It was great to really get him going tonight… two touchdowns.”

The 6′ 4,” 210-pound receiver will be looking to make more plays Saturday as the Volunteers travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators.

Edited by Cody McClure