Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area College Football Honor Roll

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area College Football Honor Roll

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Byline: Don Coble

Donelle Williams struggled to get out of bed last Sunday. Every part of his young body ached following an 18-tackle performance in Presbyterian's 21-0 loss to FCS eighth-ranked Chattanooga the day before.

"I'm definitely going to feel this when I get older," the senior linebacker from Bradford said.

At 22, the fifth-year senior only needs a day to shake off the bumps and bruises that come with playing college football. For now, it's worth the pain.

"I've always had the urge to be around the ball," Williams said. "My freshman year I also had 18 tackles, but that was in a double-overtime game at Liberty.

"Last Saturday, it was crazy. It was a surprise."

And it hurt.

"It woke me up," he said. "I can't think of a part that didn't hurt. On Sunday I needed ice, massages, whatever I could to feel better. By Monday I was fine."

Williams was All-Big South last year and is Presbyterian's all-time leading tackler since the Blue Hose moved to Division I in 2007.

Williams picked Presbyterian because, like it was at Bradford High, he liked the small community atmosphere the small college offered.

"I know my professors and they keep office hours if you need to see them," he said. "I like that. I like that we have smaller classrooms and everyone knows everybody. It's helped me a lot."

Despite the bumps and bruises.

Other noteworthy accomplishments last week:

- North Carolina LB Shakeel Rashad (Episcopal) had 10 tackles, including one for a loss, in a 41-14 win over Delaware. RT Jon Heck (Bolles), center Lucas Crowley (Nease) also started for an offensive line that helped pave the way for a 568-yard game.

- Duke LB Dwayne Norman (University Christian) had nine tackles, including 2.5 for losses, in a 34-20 victory over Georgia Tech.

- Southwest Minnesota State RB Davontay Stevens (Wolfson) had 130 rushing yards and a TD and LB Jonathan Cross (Wolfson) had six tackles, including two for losses, in a 48-9 win over Minnesota State-Moorhead. …

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