For whatever reason, a play that stood out from Saturday’s game was Da’Rel Scott‘s first fumble.
It wasn’t that the sophomore coughed it up. It was because center (and Tuesday luncheon fixture) Edwin Williams, who recovered it, had an expression that suggested Christmas had come early.
“I know,” Williams said today. “I’m still upset. I was trying to grab it. I was really trying to score. I was like ‘I’m not going to be like that guy from the Redskins and pick it up and fumble it. I couldn’t grip it so I just fell on it.”
No, there’s no way Williams will be confused for Pete Kendall this week.
You’d think a guy who handles the ball on every snap wouldn’t get himself so worked up about a potential touch. Then again, Williams is ebullient about just about everything, so his joy at recovering a fumble is that much of a surprise.
And it turns out he wasn’t that far removed from his last touch —- a recovered fumble on fourth down in overtime in last year’s loss at Wake Forest.
“I had a touch last season,” Williams said. “It didn’t go like that, though. It was the last play of the game. It’s saddening. But it’s OK, though.”
With Williams, things usually are OK —- and more often than not, better than that. Even if he didn’t secure his dream touchdown.
—- Patrick Stevens