Sep 1, 3 years ago

Former East St. John star shines in SEC debut

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It didn’t take long for former East St. John standout D’haquille Williams to make his mark in the Southeastern Conference.

Williams turned in the best debut of any receiver in Auburn history with 9 catches for 154 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown as the Tigers beat SEC opponent Arkansas 45-21 in Saturday’s season opener.

The attendance at Jordan-Hare Stadium was listed at 87,451 and many of those chanted Williams’ nickname “Duke” after his catches.

“That just makes me feel like, you know they love me,” said Williams. “I ain’t never thought I’d have a chant like that and when they chanted (Duke) I go the chills, my heart just started beating faster and I’m just like, ‘Ain’t no way no 90-thousand just chanted my name.’ I ran to the sidelines just had to take a seat and put the towel on my head and just start thinking that it’s really here, everything I worked for. Playing my first SEC game against an SEC opponent. Arkansas was a good team.”

Williams finished his senior season (2010) at East St. John with 1,495 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns. In his two seasons of Junior College football at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College he totaled over 2,000 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns.

Click on the above video for some of his top plays at East St. John during our site’s first season 2010. Included in the highlights are touchdowns against Dutchtown, Destrehan, Hahnville, and St. James. Also all four of his touchdown receptions against Istrouma, and an amazing reception against Carencro.

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