Seth Williams is looking to dominate the SEC this season.
The Tuscaloosa product finished his freshman season with 26 receptions for 534 yards for an average of 20.5 yards per catch — good for 10th in the nation and tops in the conference.
"The spring is a grind," Williams said Tuesday. "Fall camp was a grind, but spring, this four practices a week, this being my first spring, it's a grind. You've got to get through it and get your mind right. Having a year under my belt, yeah. I have experience, but that doesn't mean anything. I've got to come with it more. There's no room for freshman mistakes anymore. I've got to be on my stuff at all times, " said Seth Williams on how different it feels now with a year under his belt.
His work is far from over as Williams returned to practice Monday with the rest of the receiving corps. Williams and the rest of the receivers returning have big shoes to fill with Ryan Davis and Darius Slayton being gone.
"It's different knowing that we don't have those veteran guys who constantly made an impact three years, four years here," Williams said. "But knowing we've got Eli (Stove), Sal (Cannella), Will (Hastings), they all are still there, and they all have made an impact on this team, too. They've got words that can help us out, they've got experience that can help this group out as well."
With Auburn's offense rotating quarterbacks Malik Willis, Joey Gatewood, Cord Sandberg and Bo Nix under center searching for its starter, Williams knows the receivers will be counted on to be a consistent and successful fixture of offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham's system.
“We want to have more than just a run game, we know that our team is run heavy, but we want to have a passing game too," Williams said. "We want to be like a wide receivers university.
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"It's definitely a lot on us. We've got to catch balls. Like, you can't turn into 'Wide Receiver U' without catching balls. Yeah, they might have some bad passes, but we've still got to catch them. Plenty of teams' quarterbacks make bad passes, but you'll never know, because their receivers come down with it. Stuff like that, you've got to come through."
The Tigers certainly have the talent to earn that moniker with Williams, Sal Cannella, Eli Stove, Will Hastings, Anthony Schwartz, Shedrick Jackson and Matthew Hill on deck.
"When the ball comes, jumping over people's heads. Moss-ing them," Williams said of the position group's goals. "We've got the guys who can get up. We've got guys that are jumping. When you throw the ball, we're coming down with it. All of our guys can catch, too. Things like that, we can change it around here."
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