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LIberty's KJ Williams had a bust-out game to help his team defeat Freedom. LIberty's KJ Williams had a bust-out game to help his team defeat Freedom.

His best for last KJ Williams goes out on top at LHS

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by PETER CAR pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

When KJ Williams walks away from Liberty High School, being the best wide receiver in school history isn't the only part of the equation. Being a good student, good person and a good teammate were all things Williams mentioned .

Not surprisingly though, Williams, is more than just good on the football field.

He's stellar and a sure fit Division-I prospect that may have saved his best football game of his life in Liberty's season ending 41-14 victory over Freedom two weeks ago with a stat line that read six receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown, two defensive interceptions (one returned for a score) two kickoff returns for 58 yards, a punt return for 20 yards, as well as all kickoff and punting duties.

He just turned 17 a couple of weeks ago, so he really still has room to grow," said Liberty head coach Dave Brown about his prized junior. "For as easy things come to him on the field, it's pretty scary."

That raw athletic talent has transcended to 28 career touchdowns for Williams, including 10 this past season when he set school records for receptions (59) and receiving yards (986).

There haven't been many wide receivers to come out of the Lehigh Valley with the talent of Williams, but if there are any examples of former top-notch talent, Williams doesn't need to look further than Liberty's recent past.

Former standout wideouts Devin Street and Jarrod West were scary targets for quarterback Anthony Gonzalez during the Hurricanes state championship run in 2008.

Street and Gonzalez are now playing football at Pittsburgh, while West is at Syracuse.

Williams hasn't had the luxury of playing with a Division-I quarterback during his career, which exemplifies how talented he truly is.

"I got my chance to start during my sophomore season and I took advantage of it," Williams said. "I really tried to get better over the summer at different passing camps and I just wanted to improve on my technique. I got faster, got better at running my routes and was able to improve on my route separation. Now I just need to work even harder for my senior season."

Williams is clearly Liberty's top talent returning next season and Brown hopes he understands the importance he brings on and off the field.

"He has the tools to excel on the field and in the classroom," said Brown. "He has the ability to dominate in all three phases of the game. He thrives on the energy he creates for himself on the field and he can be a great leader for us. He just needs to keep working hard."

And that's what Williams plans on doing.

"I still have basketball season coming up, but I'm going to be training hard all year for next season," he said. "It's an honor to be recognized as a great player, but I still have a lot of work to do."