Spoke to LaVorick Williams yesterday on the telephone.
Williams, who played for the Aggies last season is now on the UTEP roster. He showed flashes of promise last year on the football field, with good size and a fluid motion. Many Aggie fans were excited about what he might become, although they pictured his future in Crimson and White, not Miner Orange.
The wide receiver said that he left NMSU prior to the 2009 season in hopes of playing football and running track at Texas Tech, an option that wasn't available at NMSU (no men's track and field program). Things fell through for him at Tech, however. He attempted to come back to the Aggies but there was no scholarship left for him. Now, he's with the Miners.
“It had nothing to do with the coaches or anything like that,” Williams said. “I wanted to do both sports. I have a lot of love for track and wanted to get back involved with it.”
Williams, who runs the 100-meter and 200-meter races, is currently redshirting with the Miners — he won't suit up in Saturday's game at AMS — and is running with the practice squad. He said that he hopes run track for UTEP as well.
“Everything's good so far,” Williams said. “I like coach (Mike) Price a lot and his offense. I'm enjoying myself.”
Williams said that last year's freshman year at NMSU was a positive one.
“It was great,” he said. “It was something I always wanted to do. Just to line up with those other great receivers, with a guy like Chris Williams. It was a great experience, I learned a lot and I'll never forget it.”