Remember Jared Williams, the running back nobody seemed to want after he finished last season with Southeast High.
Well Williams may turn out to be one of the best college football stories in America before the 2011 season is all said and done.
The running back signed with SMU last summer, sort of an afterthought some said because the Mustangs needed some depth at the position.
Williams has turned out to be more than depth. SMU opens its season Sunday on Fox Sports Network in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Texas A&M and Williams is the backup running back on the depth chart.
When he arrived on campus during the summer, Williams was the fifth string running back. He leaped over several incumbents and 3-star recruit K.C. Nlemchi, a former All-State player from Texas and 2009 Houston Offensive Player of the Year.
"We are so happy for Jared. He has worked so hard to get to this point," said his father Walt Williams, the former athletic director and head football coach at the now defunct Bradenton
Another good note for the family is that Jared was given number 22, which is the same number his dad had when he played at Southeast.
Williams is behind junior running back Zach Line, who was Conference USA's leading rusher last season.
Williams transferred to Southeast last year after Bradenton Prep shut down its football program. He had to get a waiver from the FHSAA to play at Southeast and when he finally did the season was nearly over.
The 5-9, 195 pound Williams was never in one-hundred percent shape, but he showed some tough running inbetween the tackles and an ability to make something out of nothing.
At Bradenton Prep, Williams ran for more than 5,500 yards. At Southeast, he gained 315 yards on 64 carries (4.9 avg)