Kyle Williams: Trinity Was The Right Move


Kyle Williams wasn’t sure he wanted to come to Trinity College. "It was between Trinity and a few other schools – mostly in the south," he said. But as soon as he got here he knew, and what swayed his decision the most was the dynamic of the football team. He already knew a few of the players on the Trinity squad, and felt immediately comfortable with them from that very first visit in 2006.

A graduate of Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, Williams is the consummate team player. He started his Trinity football career as a defensive end, but has switched to linebacker (and back again) as the team’s needs dictated. Williams noticed a team need last year, and when the situation called for a defensive lineman he stepped up. The move was obviously the right one, as the Bantams enjoyed their 11th undefeated season (including four of the last six).

Despite the fact that Trinity boasts just four returning starters on the offensive side of the ball, and just a few more on defense, Williams is looking forward to the 2009 season with optimism. He acknowledged that the team is on the younger side (Williams is one of just 11 seniors), but believes they will be able to work together through the inevitable challenges of a long season, and succeed.

Indeed, if the season-opening victory at Bates (35-14) last weekend is any indication, the team should be in for another rewarding season. Despite the fact that he noted "a lot of mistakes from both sides," Williams had a productive day, collecting eight tackles and a sack: a performance described by Coach Devanney as "dominating." He felt that the team had a lot to work on, but that, all in all, it was a good first game for the Bantams.

Williams enjoys a good relationship with his Coach, who describes him as a vocal leader who is as hardworking as he is versatile. "Kyle is very emotional and intense on game day," said Coach Devanney, "He has always worked hard in the weight room and on the practice field, so in that way he also leads by example."

The respect is mutual: "Coach Devanney’s passion for football is obvious," according to Kyle. Though Williams concedes that Devanney can be hard on the team, it’s because "he wants to make us better, so he expects our best every day."

When asked about his favorite memory from his experiences with Trinity football, Kyle can’t name just one. He doesn’t choose last year, when he led the team in sacks and achieved All-NESCAC honors, or when the team cemented its undefeated season. Instead, he tries to describe the feeling unique to team sports: those moments in the locker room, just before the game, when teams come together. Williams relishes those moments; he enjoys getting his teammates psyched up to perform at the highest level that they can, the level that Coach Devanney – and the team – has come to expect every day.