Nov 16, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Kristoff Williams (18) runs the ball as he is tackled by Arizona Wildcats linebacker Jake Fischer (33) during the second quarter at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Senior leadership was noticeably non-existent in the receiving corps in 2013, but Kristoff Williams stepped in to lead a young group of receivers. The Antioch, California WR showed drastic improvement in Leach’s difficult offense. Williams has developed, utilizing his large frame to provide some fantastic grabs in traffic, ending the season second only to Gabe Marks in receptions among WR with 51.
Williams’ receiving yardage improved to 490 yards from 192 on 22 grabs in 2012. He also continued his reasonable production on kick off returns averaging 19.2 per return.
There is one glaring omission from Williams’ stats this past year, however, as he failed to reach the end zone on any of his touches. The improbable and dubious place as the only player with more than 50 receptions and no TDs is a concern. He had some drops throughout the year and gave us some cause for worry.
That being said, we do have cause for optimism as Williams has made marked improvement each year in Pullman. He is going to lead an experienced and dynamic group of WRs in an offense that rewards experience. Our confidence in Williams’ study habits is spurred by his inclusion in the Pac-12 All-Academic team. We know he will work hard, so we are optimistic for Kristoff’s senior campaign, but still feel that he only earned a C+ grade this past year.