For all of the hoopla surrounding the Mansfield football team’s offensive prowess in 2016, one of the Tigers’ defensive backs is the only returner who can claim a district superlative.
Miles Williams was selected as the 4-6A Defensive Sophomore MVP last season, and while Kennedy Brooks and Derique Ryan also received distinctions, they have both graduated.
“He will definitely be one of the main leaders on our team,” coach Dan Maberry said. “Now that it is second year to start, he will feel more comfortable in his role, and he will be in a better position to lead.”
Maberry, who was selected as the 4-6A Coach of the Year in 2016, said with Williams’ 45 tackles last season, he is very much looking forward to what his junior and senior year hold in store.
“Its exciting,” Maberry said. “To have a player like that start for your program for three years definitely helps our team.”
I was just thankful, because I wouldn’t have gotten that award if it wasn’t for my team holding me to a high standard and expecting me to give my very best efforts in whatever we did.
Miles Williams on winning the district Defensive Sophomore MVP award last season
Williams said he has spent most of the offseason in preparation to try to make another good run into the postseason in 2017.
“Personally, I have just been trying to improve my game in all ways,” Williams said. “I’ve been focusing on footwork and speed in the second half of summer, while during the first half, I did a lot of weight work with my team.”
Williams, who is an equally talented baseball player at Mansfield, said receiving the Defensive Sophomore MVP honor last season was humbling for him.
“I was just thankful, because I wouldn’t have gotten that award if it wasn’t for my team holding me to a high standard and expecting me to give my very best efforts in whatever we did,” Williams said. “Whether it was in the weight room or during practice.”
Maberry said he believes that Williams’ leadership quality comes to him naturally and said he is the type of player that other guys rally around.
“He has great energy,” Maberry said. “He plays the game hard and works equally hard. He is a natural leader and his teammates respond to him.”
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