Duke Williams Interview
Sr / Nevada / Safety

Updated - 1-25-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about your 2013 East/West Shrine Game experience. 
Duke Williams:  It has been a wonderful experience.  It has been a great opportunity to be here.  I am blessed to be here with all of these great athletes.  It is a great thing when you are able to showcase your talents in front of scouts.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  I like the experience.  Tampa is a great city.  I like the weather.  It is kind of like a vacation, but at the same time you have to work hard. 
Alex Khvatov:  What has been the most memorable moment during this week?
Duke Williams:  Actually, it has been just meeting all of the guys.  They are all from different parts of the country.  You talk to them about their game and about their scheme.  They are a lot of good guys here.  That has been the best experience so far.         
Alex Khvatov:  Which players have you bonded with?
Duke Williams:  Safety Shamarko (Thomas) from Syracuse.  We are good friends now.  Bradley McDougald (safety from Kansas).  The safety from Central Michigan (Jahleel Addae).  We have been hanging out a lot.  We have been sharing each other’s thoughts.  It has been a good experience.
Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?
Duke Williams:  I think that I am a complete safety.  I think that I can play man-to-man coverage.  I think that I have a complete game.  I am a very physical player.  I like to come down and fill the lane. 
Alex Khvatov:  You had a great practice on Tuesday, what was the difference for you out there? 
Duke Williams:  I like press coverage.  I like to get physical.  We did that on that day.  Today, we played off coverage.  It was a little more difficult getting a read on the receivers.  I was able to get better.  I like to come up and press. 
Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game have you made the biggest improvements this week?
Duke Williams:  I learned the cover 3 scheme.  In college, I really didn’t play the deep post.  But out here, I did that.  I have a great coach in Marcus.  It has been a great learning experience.  He is teaching the safeties how to read their keys. 
Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?
Duke Williams:  I like to hang out with my family.  I like to play video games. 
Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Duke Williams is….
Duke Williams:  I will start with off-the-field.  Outside of football, I am a man of God.  I like to spend time with my family and friends.  On the football field, I like to get physical.  I like to hit.  I bring the wood.  That is my style of football.             


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