Alum, LSU running back given game ball


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LSU football player Josh Williams captured mid-game.

Richie Klosek, Staff Writer

Kinkaid alum Josh Williams, ‘19, was given the game ball for leading the Louisiana State University rushing attack in the swamp, Florida’s football stadium, leading to an LSU 45-35 win against Florida State University on Oct. 14. 

Williams, an LSU running back, rushed for 106 yards on 14 carries with an average yards per carry of 7.6. 

Although Williams didn’t have a touchdown to go with his more than 114 all-purpose yard performance, LSU coach Brian Kelly raved about Williams’ pass block ability during the game, allowing quarterback Jayden Daniels to pass for over 300 yards for three touchdowns. 

“He always does it the right way, and tonight he made plays when we needed it the most,” Kelly said on a broadcast. “The game ball belongs to Josh Williams.” 

Williams was almost 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 180 pounds as a two-star athlete coming out of Kinkaid. He finished his senior campaign at Kinkaid with 151 rushing attempts, 1,259 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns, which helped lead his team to the Southwest Preparatory Conference championship. 

In 2019, Williams walked on the LSU football team, where he was a redshirt freshman on the LSU national championship team that fall. In 2020, he worked his way up the depth chart and finished his freshman season campaign with 22 rushing attempts for 88 yards and averaging four yards per carry. 

He would have similar stats in 2021 and this year, he doubled his number of carries and yards with 49 carries for 229 yards. LSU will now feed off  Williams being in the backfield and hope that will plunge them into the SEC championship and the AP Top 10. 

Whether or not that happens, Williams has been a huge part of the LSU offense this season, and he hopes to keep it that way throughout the rest of his time at LSU.