This year, Dorian Williams has been a monster on the ground, racking up yards by the ton every carry. Dorian has 1,871 yards rushing, putting him just one decent game away from 2,000 yards. But the numbers are even more astonishing when you break them down past the basic numbers. Dorian has racked up those 1,871 yards on 220 carries, meaning he averages 8.71 yards a carry.
Along with the yards, Dorian has racked up 22 touchdowns. That means that 10% of the time he touches the ball, he's getting into the endzone. He also has runs of 83, 71, 70, 66, and 62 yards. Not bad for a guy that claims he's most effective "inside the tackles."
William's lineman describe him with such adjectives as "humble, and soft spoken" but the word leader also gets tossed around quite a bit, and it shows in his season statistics. When Williams has had his "off games" like he did against Field and Roosevelt, the rockets tend to come up a bit short.
So, it seems, as Dorian goes, so do the Rockets. Is that a lot of pressure on the young runningback, who is getting looks from colleges across the country?
"I try not to think about that," says Williams. "I just go out and do my best, and as if the team succeeds, that's what's important."
But sometimes the numbers don't lie, and even if Dorian surpasses that 2,000 yards pinnacle on Friday, that doesn't mean that his success stops there.
Williams said, "breaking 2,000 yards would be nice, but I think that playoffs are a lot more important."
And that's the kind of mentality, and leadership, that the Rockets will need from their star on the ground if they want to make a run deep into the Division IV Playoffs this year. Is it possible? Just ask Williams.
"I think this team has a lot of heart, and a lot of fight. And sometimes, like they always say, it's not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog."
Dorian's yards per Game:
Week 1, Champion: 26 car, 206 yds, 3 tds
Week 2, Garfield: 18 car, 215 yds, 3 tds
Week 3, West Branch: 26 car, 289 yds, 4 tds
Week 4, Field: 26 car, 140 yds, 0 tds
Week 5, Springfield: 21 car, 154 yds, 2 tds
Week 6, Roosevelt: 20 car, 119 yds, 1 tds
Week 7, Norton: 30 car, 253 yds, 2 tds
Week 8, Coventry: 20 car, 225 yds, 4 tds
Week 9, Ravenna: 33 car, 270 yds, 3 tds
Total: 1,871 yards, 22 tds, 8.5 ypc, 22 tds
Yards til 2,000: 129 yards