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September 6, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Williams finally gets his turn in Tiger Stadium

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There was a time when Kasen Williams envisioned playing all of his college home games at LSU’s Tiger Stadium.

As the Parade Magazine All-American Player of the Year and one of the most decorated players to ever come out of the state of Washington, Williams was one of those recruits who literally could have picked his school.

As decision time neared in the summer of 2010, Williams narrowed his list to a final three of UW, Cal and LSU.

“I just I liked how they play, liked how they did what they did down there and the tradition down there,” he said of his interest in LSU.

Williams said he took an unofficial visit around that time to the LSU campus with his mother and also was familiar with the area from playing a 7-on-7 tournament in New Orleans in the summer of 2008.

“So I’m used to that type of weather and playing in that type of environment,” he said.

Ultimately, though, the lure of staying home proved too much.

“It’s just real far away,” he said, “That was a big factor for me. I felt like I couldn’t adjust and adapt to that type of living style down there. It was just real different.”

Williams, though, will get his chance to play at Tiger Stadium Saturday when the Huskies take on LSU. Williams, who caught 36 passes for 427 yards last year, is expected to maybe at least double those numbers this year as he takes over as the No. 1 receiving threat for quarterback Keith Price.

He thought his first game in that new role went well overall, but could have been a little better as he had six catches for 75 yards and a touchdown against San Diego State.

He might have had another score but was called for offensive pass interference on an apparent touchdown grab in the second quarter (pictured at right in a Dean Rutz photo). Williams was called for pushing off on SDSU cornerback Leon McFadden as he leapt for the ball.

Williams said this week he understood the call, even if he didn’t necessarily agree with it.

“I think what it was was they saw the extension of my hands and that’s maybe the one thing that triggered them to call that,” he said. “There are other ways I can catch that ball, go up and go get it or I can seal him off and let it come over my shoulder. There’s just other ways I could catch it to prevent that call.”

All of which, he said, is part of the learning curve for a true sophomore.

“I’m so used to catching the ball the way that I did catch it,” he said. “But I do have the ability to catch it other ways, so it’s just a learning experience to catch the ball a way that the ref has no way to throw a flag.”

This week, Williams knows the challenges are greater against an LSU defense regarded as being among the best in the nation. There’s also all that heat and humidity that Williams experienced for himself on his previous trips. He said the main way to combat is to not think about it much.

“I think with something like that, you just have to keep in your head mentally that you are not tired, this weather is nothing, that you are just playing at home,” he said. “Mentally you don’t want to wear yourself out.”

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