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UMass WR Jalen Williams making his case for playing time



Monday, December 22, 2014
AMHERST — Junior receiver Jalen Williams, a transfer from Dean Junior College who was one of the breakout players in the spring, carried over his strong play into the fall.

“He’s taken a big step. The day he stepped in here I didn’t really know him,” UMass coach Mark Whipple said. “He made some plays in the spring, carried it over to the summer and he’s had a good two days (in camp). He’s playing faster than he did in the spring.”

The Georgia native chose UMass because of the team’s available playing time at receiver. Williams is one of a large collection of receivers trying to earn a spot on the two-deep roster. Junior Tajae Sharpe is a lock to be a starter, while Penn State transfer Alex Kenney, redshirt freshman Shakur Nesmith, junior Marken Michel, who returns after a year off, sophomore Shaq Harris and juniors Elgin Long and Bernard Davis all figure to be in the mix.

“I think ever since spring, I’ve gotten faster, stronger so I can add to the team a little bit more,” Williams said.

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