Auburn, Ala.--Auburn senior linebacker Travis Williams has been a special player for the Tigers both on and off the field in his five seasons on the Plains. This week a part of his Auburn career came to an end as he was carried off the practice field along with fellow senior Antarrious Williams following the practice.
In a tradition started by Coach Joe Whitt to honor the players who have become leaders for the unit in their time for the Tigers, both seniors were hoisted on the shoulders of the young players and walked to the locker room. The Columbia, S.C., native says that it was a great day and one he won’t soon forget.
“It was something special,” Williams says. “I have carried a few off so it my turn. It was something special.
“It’s just a great tradition,” he adds. “Coach Whitt established something a long time ago and it’s still going on. It’s just a special thing the linebackers do. The offensive linemen beat up their coach. The linebackers carry the seniors off. Every individual position does something special.”
Williams is carried off the field by fellow linebackers Mark Pickett and Karibi Dede.
Thinking back on all the sweat and blood he had poured onto the practice fields in his time at Auburn, Williams adds that while most would think he would be glad to be done he doesn’t look at it that way. “It’s kind of hard,” Williams says. “I know I’ll never practice on that field any more. It’s hard to believe. It went by fast. It was a special five years for me.”
There have been many memories for Williams over the last three seasons in which he has started for the Tigers. For his career he had made 219 tackles with four and a half sacks and four interceptions playing both on the weakside and in the middle for the defense. He says that while his play has been good, Williams says that won’t be what comes to his mind first when looking back on his days at Auburn.
“What I’ll remember most is probably Coach (Don) Dunn yelling,” Williams says. “A lot of the time for nothing though, just yelling. That’s what I’m going to remember most is all of the yelling because when you get here as a young guy you’re not used to all that yelling. It’s everybody yelling from different angles, everybody but Coach Tubs (Tommy Tuberville). That’s the last person you want to see yell. A lot of the yelling, that’s what I’ll miss.”
Before his career at Auburn is done Williams has one more goal in mind and that is to go out on top. As a senior class this group will leave having defeated Alabama four consecutive seasons and with a victory over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2 they would leave as the all-time winningest class in Auburn history. A win would also give them four-straight bowl wins, something never done by a group in program history.
“It’s big,” Williams says. “We’re having a lot of fun in practice, but our main goal is to win. The fun at practice doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win on the second. We’re trying to go out with a bang and just win the game.”
Williams and the Tigers are enjoying the Christmas holidays at home and will regroup in Orlando on the evening of the 26th and resume practice the following day.
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