Q&A With ODU Football's Michael R. Williams

January 15, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 15, 2009

A weekly Q&A with an Old Dominion University football player



Michael R. Williams


6-2, 210, Fr.

Norfolk, Va.

Norview HS


When did you begin playing football?

I began playing football when I was six years old with the Shoop Park Cowboys.


Who has had the greatest impact on your career?

My mom and dad have been the most influential people in my career.


Why did you choose to attend ODU?

I liked the fact that it was a new program and everyone would have an equal opportunity.


What has been the biggest difference between high school football and college football?

We hit the weight room a lot more now than we ever did in high school.


What has it been the best part about being a member of ODU’s first football team in over 60 years?

The love that you receive from all of the fans. Also, the opportunity to bring pride about football back to the school.


If you could play another position what would it be and why?

I would play wide receiver because I can catch the ball very well.


Favorite sports other than your own?

My favorite sports are basketball, and track.


After meeting Coach Wilder for the first time, what were your thoughts?

I thought that ODU hired a very enthusiastic and dedicated coach.


After meeting your position coach for the first time, what were your thoughts?

I thought that I would fit in nice with him.


Do you have a pre-game ritual, if so what is it?

I simply listen to music, and touch the ceiling a few times.


What is your funniest memory from an ODU practice this far?

When Coach Scott chases the linemen off the field after they give up a sack


If you could line up opposite any player in the NFL and go 1-on-1, who would it be and why?

I would line up against Marion Barber because I want to see if he really runs as hard as it looks on TV.


What song is stuck in your head right now?

I Want This Forever by Lil Wayne.


What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I am afraid of Spiders


What is your dream job?

To be an FBI agent if the football does not work out.


What is your most valued possession?

The photo booth pictures with me and my girlfriend.


What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

The Webb Center. I like the nachos.