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Indian Land High School football standout Breyon Williams came all the way back to take his game to the next level.
Williams rebounded from an injury-plagued junior season to produce a stellar senior campaign in leading the Warriors to a 9-2 mark, a Class AA Upper State playoff berth and a No. 6 ranking in the Max Preps S.C. Class AA state rankings.
Williams’ play earned him recognition and the chance to play college football, signing with Presbyterian College.
“Most people do not remember Breyon missed most of his junior season due to injuries, but he is an example of what hard work in the weight room can do for you,” Indian Land head football coach Mike Mayer said. “It just goes to show that good things do happen to good people who work hard and follow all of the rules.
“Breyon is very deserving of all the accolades he has received this year.”
Williams, The Lancaster News Player of the Year for the 2010 football season, ran for 1,170 yards on 121 carries for a 9.7 yard average and scored 10 touchdowns.
On defense at linebacker, Williams compiled 73 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception and two caused fumbles.
He also earned all-region and all-area honors with solid play on the IL defense and offense.
Mayer added Williams is a quality individual.
“Breyon is about good grades, a good leader, good player, good parents and a great young man,” he said. “I could not be happier for him.
“Breyon is one of the few players who has been at Indian Land since kindergarten,” Mayer said. “He has been a part of our program since the seventh grade and that makes his success even more special.
“He will be hard to replace next year, but his example will be remembered by all who practiced and played with him.”
With Williams headed to Presbyterian, he will join former Warriors’ standout Keyadd Miller and Tyler Watkins on the PC football roster.
Williams noted several reasons for selecting Presbyterian College.
“I think this recruiting class coming in at Presbyterian is a strong one,” he said. “I’m ready for new experiences. I like the small campus and atmosphere and I feel it’s a place I can fit in.
“I want to major in business and they have a good business program.”