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An Inside Texas conversation with Garland assistant coach Johnny McCoy on Malcolm Williams:
Inside Texas: We know a lot about Malcolm in terms of the statistics he puts up on the field, but what kind of person is he?
Johnny McCoy: He's a well-mannered kid. He's got a great personality. It's always "yes sir," "no sir" and I've been impressed with the way he's handled his success. So if he can stay level-headed like he is, he's going to go a long ways.
IT: How has he handled the recruiting process in terms of all the attention that comes with that?
McCoy: Well he had already committed to Texas early, so he didn't have to go through all that. So that wasn't a problem with him. He already knew where he was going.
IT: So he isn't one of those players that wanted to make the big show on TV and everything and have the hats there?
McCoy: No. No, matter of fact he had made a verbal commitment his junior year, so he had missed all that, which is good. He just didn't have that attitude you see in most of them that are highly successful. Every now and then he'd flare up, but he'd always humble himself back down. That was a good thing about him.
IT: He seemed like a real personable guy, talking to him in there. Was he like that with his teammates, leading them and talking with guys?
McCoy: Yeah, because he's a real likeable kid and they liked him. And just like some kids, they have their days, but he was pretty humble, because he had a lot more talent out there too. There are certain days the other guys have really great days too. So that was good.
IT: I notice he's real tall and has big hands. Did y'all you use a lot of fade routes and stuff to accent some of the advantages he had over opponents?
McCoy: Some, and some of it was pure outrunning people, and then he could out-jump them too, because they'd throw that fade route to the end zone and he'd leap up over them and catch it. So he's a combination of both.
IT: He's got a lot of different abilities, but what do you think he needs to improve the most as he makes the transition to the next level of football?
McCoy: I think that the work ethics have to get a lot better because when you get to the next level, you're going to have a lot of Malcolm Williamses and it's all going to come down to your work ethics. In high school when you're that much better than a lot of kids, you don't have to work as hard. That's what I try to teach them all. I say, "Hey man, you've got to work hard in everything that you do, because there are going to be guys just as good or better and it's going to come down to work ethics and who wants it the most. It's not going to be about talent anymore, cause everybody's going to be on an equal playing field.
IT: When he starts running into guys who are of equal, or perhaps better, athletic ability, what qualities does he have that will help him gain an upper hand?
McCoy: I think that he has the talent to rise to the top because I've seen him do it in some football games. When we really needed that big play, he'd step up and make that play. I think that he'll learn to do that more often. He didn't do it all the time, but you could see that in him and I think the more you have to use it, then it becomes a habit to do.
IT: What play stands out in you mind as one of those important plays that he had?
McCoy: I would say the Klein Oak game when he broke for a long touchdown, and then he came back and picked one off and ran it in and that broke their back. All of a sudden we jumped up 14 points on them and to make those kind of plays on offense and defense almost simultaneous, back-to-back, that was good.
IT: Is there something unique about him that a lot of people don't know about?
McCoy: I think he desire to want to be successful, especially coming from a background where there wasn't a whole lot of success. He had a brother that was a great athlete, but really didn't take care of business like he should have and I think that drives him to do that much better and his brother pushes him by telling him, "Hey, I don't want you to make the mistakes I made." His brother went to school here, Kendrick Williams, and he was a great athlete too, but he had a few shortcomings. He didn't take care of business and he wants to make sure Malcolm doesn't do that.
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UT Signing Day Bio: A versatile athlete who has spent time at RB, WR, CB, S, KR and PR in his career … versatile athlete who earned all-state honors in football and track and field … was a member of ESPN's top 150 national prospects … helped his team to a 22-6 record during his two years as a starter … scored TDs by reception, rush and return during his career … named first-team 5A all-state by The Associated Press and third-team all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association at wide receiver as a senior … also named first-team 5A all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association at defensive back … tabbed first-team all-district 10-5A and first-team all-area … recorded 45 tackles and four interceptions, including one for a TD … had 38 receptions for 550 yards (14.5 ypc) and four TDs, while rushing 30 times for 440 yards (14.7 ypc) and six TDs … helped Garland to a 12-3 record in advancing to the 5A state semifinals for the seventh time in school history … finished the season ranked fifth in Texas Football's final Top 25 poll … became the second Owl team since 1964 to win 12 games and the first since 1963-64 two win playoff games in back-to-back years … intercepted two passes, returning one for a 27-yard TD and rushed for 115 yards and a TD in a 31-14 playoff win over Klein Oak … named honorable mention all-district 10-5A as a junior despite missing six games due to injury … notched 17 tackles, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on defense … made 17 receptions for 315 yards and four TDs on offense … in a game versus DeSoto, had three receptions for 65 yards and a TD, four rushes for 55 yards and a TD and scored a fumble recovery TD … helped Garland to a 10-3 record in advancing to the 5A regional semifinals … also a two-year letterman in track and field … member of relay teams that finished second in the state in the 4x100m and third in the 4x200m as a junior … also ran the 100m and 200m … enjoys video games and comedy … full name is Malcolm Jamaal Williams … born 12/22/88 in Dallas.
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