As a redshirt senior with a significant amount of game experience, Kristoff Williams will be one of the many solid receiving options for quarterback Connor Halliday this season. Let's take a minute to get to know him a little better.
Name - Kristoff Williams
Position - Wide Receiver
Year - Redshirt Senior
Height/Weight - 6'2", 216 lbs.
Hometown - Antioch, CA
Things to know:
1. 2-star recruit - Williams was a 2-star recruit from Deer Valley High School in Antioch, CA with offers from Army, UNLV, and Nevada when he joined WSU's 2010 recruiting class. Williams came to WSU under the "athlete tag" having played both receiver and quarterback in high school.
2. Time under Wulff - Williams redshirted his first year on campus in 2010. He made two starts as a redshirt freshman in 2011. The very first pass that he caught was for a touchdown against Idaho State. Williams went on to haul in just nine balls on the season for 134 yards and two touchdowns. The stat that he might most be remembered for in 2011 is 824.8. That was his quarterback rating on the year as he went 1-for-1 for 47 yards with one touchdown on a pass that was caught by Bobby Ratliff in the 4th quarter of the Utah game to pull the Cougs back within a field goal of Utah in a heavy snowstorm. Sadly, WSU went on to lose the game in overtime vanquishing their hopes of becoming bowl eligible that season.
3. Solid student-athlete - A criminal justice major, Williams has excelled in the classroom during his time at WSU. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention team in his redshirt sophomore year and to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team in his redshirt junior year.
4. A junior step up - Williams was not a huge part of the WSU offense the first year that Leach arrived in Pullman. He caught 22 passes on team that completed a total of 470 passes in 2012. His role and production elevated significantly in redshirt junior season when he caught 51 passes for for 491 yards. Williams has also had some kick return duty on special teams in 2012 and 2013 returning five kicks in each of those seasons.
5. 2014 - Williams was listed as the the No. 2 Y receiver behind sophomore River Cracraft on the spring depth chart. But don't worry, Williams is likely to see the field plenty in 2014. His production which made him third on the team last year in number of receptions came on making just one start in the entire season. A solid person and player, Coug fans should have an easy time getting behind Kristoff this season. Below you can watch and listen to him answer five questions from the Spokesman Review's Jacob Thorpe.
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