D'haquille Williams with the catch and run against Arkansas. (Wade Rackley photo)
NEWCOMER Q&A: D'HAQUILLE WILLIAMS (August 30, 2014)
D'haquille "Duke" Williams offers Auburn fans just another something to get excited about. The No. 1 junior college transfer arrived to add to an already deep Tiger receiving corps. Williams, a 2013 NJCAA honorable mention All-American, begins 2014 as a preseason All-SEC third team selection.
The LaPlace, La., native first experienced Auburn during the 2013 Iron Bowl, and has been hooked ever since. When he's not leaping for TV-reel touchdown passes, Williams likes to be with his teammates and watch some NFL football.
Q: What was your first experience in Jordan-Hare Stadium?
A: "My first time in the stadium was for the Iron Bowl in 2013. That was really my first big-time college game. It was a huge rivalry, and everyone was really into the game. Seeing Chris Davis return that kick was the coolest thing I have ever seen. Getting to rush the field with everyone was so special. Not many people get that experience. It was the coolest moment of my life."
Q: What do you like to do outside of football?
A: "I like to hang out with the guys. We can sit around and play video games or go shoot hoops in the student rec center. It's just fun to be able to hang out with my team away from football."
Q: Who has been the biggest influence in your football career?
A: "My mom. She raised eight kids on her own. I know it can't be easy to raise all of us. It showed me how tough she was. Seeing that really motivates me to be the best I can be."
Q: Do you have any pregame superstitions?
A: "I like to kind of stay to myself. I don't like to be around the team when I'm getting dressed. I'll go in a corner and call my brother so I can talk to him before the game. I really just try to focus and get my mind ready."
Q: What is your favorite professional team?
A: "The Denver Broncos. John Elway, Terrell Davis and Ross Smith were my role models growing up. I learned so much from watching them. Now that they have Payton Manning, it's just that much better."
Q: What are you looking forward to most about being an Auburn Tiger?
A: "Just being a part of the atmosphere, especially on game day. It's been fun meeting the fans and meeting new people. I'm excited for game day - playing in front of 90,000. I'm most excited to play in the Iron Bowl."