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Spelling Victory With Victor: Big Green Receiver Puts It All Together in Senior Year

Oct 15, 2015   |   by Tris Wykes   |   Valley News

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Dartmouth College receiver Victor Williams sprints down the Franklin Field sideline in Philadelphia on Oct. 3 during the Big Green’s 41-20 victory over Pennsylvania. Williams has caught 28 passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns during the first three games of the season.(Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Victor Williams’ biceps and triceps muscles are so developed, it appears giant ball bearings have been inserted under the skin of his upper arms. The Dartmouth College football team is counting on the senior’s legs and hands, however, to help it roll over Yale this afternoon during the school’s homecoming game at Memorial Field.

Each team is 3-0 overall and 1-0 in Ivy League play. Big Green officials are urging fans to arrive early for what could be the program’s first sellout since 1974, when the Harvard game drew 21,530 in a facility that then sat 20,816. Capacity after two remodeling projects is now 11,000.

Williams leads the Ivy League in receiving yardage per game with an average of 135.4 per game and is a close second in catches per contest at 9.3. The Muskogee, Okla., native is third among NCAA Football Championship Series receivers in those categories and has hauled in 28 passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns. That’s as many scores as he had in his college career entering this season, when he lined up in the slot and was viewed as a complementary piece to position mate Ryan McManus, a 2014 first team All-Ivy selection.

McManus, however, has been sidelined with an ankle injury the past two games, so star quarterback Dalyn Williams has instead relied on Victor Williams, who was moved to a wideout position last month. The two aren’t related, but have connected for 23 completions, 391 yards and three touchdowns during Dartmouth’s last two games...

...Williams said his father, Victor Shawn Williams, Sr., began working out with him as a way for the pair to spend time together after the elder Williams was absent during long-distance trucking jobs. On some days they would grind out 1,500 abdominal crunches and Victor applied similar dedication in the classroom, where he caught the engineering bug in junior high after attending the National Summer Transportation Institute at Langston (Okla.) University. For nearly a month, students who had made it through an application and interview process lived like college students and learned about transportation organizations, businesses and skills.

Williams came out of the camp wanting to be a civil engineer, although he decided to major in mechanical engineering once he got to Dartmouth and enrolled in a five-year program.

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