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SALT LAKE CITY — What you do is a lot louder than what you say.
That’s the phrase Utah quarterback Troy Williams lived by this offseason. Since Utah's last game of the 2016 season, Williams has consistently worked on becoming a better leader.
“I’m more of a lead by example guy,” Williams said. “I don’t say too much, but I’ve been working on being more vocal.”
His efforts have paid off as the team elected him as one of six team captains for the season. The two-time captain is thankful for the opportunity. He said “it meant a lot” that his teammates elected him as one of the captains for the second-straight year. It was one of his goals, and he appreciates that the team trusts him.
“It shows my teammates trust me and believe in me,” he said.
Williams is feeling more comfortable in his second year at Utah. He’s familiar with the program and closer with his teammates, who spend their free time together eating at In-N-Out or Wingstop and playing video games. It’s helping his confidence with leadership.
“There’s a lot of bonding, especially when the Xbox and PlayStations get pulled out. It gets heated, but it’s all out of love,” said Williams, who smiled as he said that his teammates get intimidated after seeing him play a couple of games.
But in an unexpected twist on Monday, the senior, who started all last season, didn’t win the starting job for the upcoming season. Instead, head coach Kyle Whittingham and offensive coordinator Troy Taylor awarded sophomore Tyler Huntley the position.
Despite the heated battle throughout fall camp, there’s no tension between Williams and Huntley. The pair sit and talk every day and are roommates when the team travels for games.
“We’re the best of friends,” Huntley said. “We laugh and play, but when we come on the field it’s all business.”
Team bonding has allowed Williams to grow a strong friendship with each of his teammates, including Huntley. Behind him trying to become a vocal leader is his desire to encourage “his guys.”
“When they’re down, I want to pick them up," Williams said. "I want to be the best teammate I can be."
For now, Williams can count on his teammates lifting his spirits until the initial sting of losing the starting job wears off. But one thing’s for certain: they can always count on Williams being there when they need it most.