Carson Williams likely to start on Saturday
Carson Williams (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Carson Williams (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Posted Sep 14, 2007

It's Carson Williams' time now. Williams, a sophomore, is expected to start at Wake Forest Saturday and he may never give up the starting job again.

Sure, senior David Pevoto broke camp as the starter. But he went down with a left ankle sprain against during a 14-7 overtime win over Division I-AA Rhode Island.

Army coach Stan Brock could make his decision close to game time. But Williams' time could be coming soon.

It wasn't Pevoto who led the Black Knights from an unfathomable 7-0 deficit to Rhode Island. It was Williams. Williams didn't make anyone forget about Peyton Manning, but he made enough plays to save Army from an embarrassing loss.

Williams led Army on a five-play 52-yard drive that culminated on a 2-yard touchdown run by Mike Viti. For the kicker, Williams hit tight end Justin Larson for a 25-yard score on Army's first possession of overtime. The Black Knights held off Rhode Island for the win. Williams completed 12-of-20 passes for 148 yards. Meanwhile, Pevoto completed 9-of-13 passes for 82 yards. Brock complimented Pevoto's play after Rhode Island.

But it was almost as if Brock was taking a page out of his mentor, Bobby Ross's book. Pevoto couldn't lead Army for a score against a Division I-AA team and had a pass returned 74 yards for a touchdown by Reggie Corner in a 22-14 loss to Akron on Sept. 1.

It's a tough call, maybe two games isn't fair enough to judge Pevoto. But still a big part of the debate centers on Williams. He's supposed to be a real deal recruit.

The Cullman (Ala.) High School product served as Ross' biggest recruiting score during his three-year tenure at West Point. It's been well documented that Williams turned down a full scholarship from Vanderbilt before the start of his senior year at Cullman. He also had offers from N.C. State and Arkansas.

In a perfect world, Williams wouldn't have started last season. But after Pevoto tried his best, but stumbled, Ross summoned Williams. As expected, he had some good days and bad days. Williams flashed his potential in his debut against Tulane, throwing for 194 yards and three touchdowns.<>P Then there was the Air Force game. Williams unraveled, throwing four interceptions, and losing a fumble on Air Force's 1-yard line on the Black Knights' opening drive of the game. Adam Zanotti returned it 98 yards for a touchdown and Air Force went on for a 43-7 win. Judging by Rhode Island, Williams learned from last year. If Pevoto gets the call against Wake Forest this weekend, good for him. Good luck! But if it's Williams, he may be in the spot for another two-plus years.

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