New Texas receivers coach Charlie Williams said he’s looking forward to coaching again in the college ranks after spending the past four seasons in the NFL.
On Monday, UT announced the hiring of Williams, a former Indianapolis Colts assistant, and released statements from Williams and head coach Charlie Strong.
Williams called coaching at Texas “an unbelievable opportunity.”
“After coaching in the NFL for the past four years, I’m excited to get back on a college campus to help these young student-athletes grow and develop both as players on the field and students in the classroom. It gives me a chance to coach and teach young student-athletes again, and I’m excited for the challenges ahead.”
Williams, who spent the past four seasons with the Colts before being let go in January, expressed excitement to be involved in Texas’ new uptempo offense.
“I had a chance to talk at length with Sterlin (Gilbert) and Matt (Mattox) on my visit to Austin and they’re two young coaches who have been a part of some great offenses over the years,” Williams said. “The fast break, no-huddle offense, as I like to call it, is going to need our wide receiver group to play a big role in it. I’m looking forward to working with the offensive staff, teaching our players and getting things going at Texas.
“First and foremost, our receiver group is going to be about ‘we.’ We’ll work hard each and every day to get better, and it doesn’t matter who gets the credit. I know we have a lot of young talent, and we’ll work together to find our identity as a group and develop in all of the areas it entails to be a great receiver. I’ve always felt that if you master all of the little things, the big things take care of themselves. And that will be our goal as a unit.”
With the hiring Williams, Strong has now finalized his staff with four new hires to complement second-year tight ends coach Jeff Traylor.
“Charlie (Williams) is a well-respected veteran coach who has been developing a lot of great receivers at the collegiate and NFL levels for a long time,” Strong said. “He’s a high-energy coach who we are really excited to be adding to our staff. Charlie will do a tremendous job working with all of our young, talented receivers and rounds out a terrific offensive coaching staff. You could see he connected with all of them during his interview and that they were all on the same page. I know he’ll bring a lot of expertise and passion to our team and is a coach our guys will really respond to.”
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