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Wake Forest Football Player Profile: Linebacker Hunter Williams

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A look at a player with a remarkable story.

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When Hunter Williams was in high school, recruiting services did not think much of him. In a world where seemingly every high school player has at least two stars, Hunter Williams had zero. This was despite the fact that Williams had a whopping 141 tackles as a high school junior,  helped lead his team to a 14-1 record, and had a 4.66 GPA. Williams was high school teammates with current Demon Deacon offensive lineman, Dylan Intemann. Wake Forest's coaching staff noticed Williams' play while they were recruiting Intemann, and the jump he has made since has been remarkable.

Williams redshirted in 2011, and played in two games during the 2012 season, but failed to record a tackle. In 2013, however, he made great strides. Williams played in 11 games, including 9 starts, and finished with 39 tackles and two fumble recoveries. In 2014, Williams was named a team captain. He did not let down his teammates who voted him a captain, as he started every game and recorded 60 tackles. This preseason, he earned more accolades when he was named Preseason All-ACC by college football writer Phil Steele.

I'm not sure exactly what the future holds for Hunter Williams, but I would not bet against this man. He's been told he wasn't good enough countless times before, but he keeps coming back and getting better. He's a great player to root for, and I'm very proud that he's a Demon Deacon.

How do you all think Hunter will play this season?