MSU's Delton Williams making most of second chance

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing — Delton Williams is getting his second chance, and there is no one more grateful than the Michigan State senior.

But the newly converted fullback understands it means little if he can’t use what he’s been through to help the players that come through the Michigan State program after him.

“I value a lot more things than I did (early in my career),” Williams said Monday at Michigan State’s media day. “Back then I was just a younger guy, running around. But now I know, with me being a senior, I need to tell my story and touch the people around me so they do not get put in a situation that I was in and to help them out and not to give up. Giving up is never an option.”

Back in March 2015, Williams was being that younger guy running around when he was arrested on a weapons charge following an incident on campus that resulted in a suspension from coach Mark Dantonio. Williams eventually pleaded to a misdemeanor charge, and instead of leaving the Spartans, he returned for his junior season.

Williams did so, however, without a scholarship and only saw limited action in the offensive backfield.

But now, entering his final season, Williams is finding a new role as the team’s No. 1 fullback.

“Right now the thing is, if anything happens, if they need me at fullback or running back, I can be there,” Williams said.

The Spartans are looking to replace Trevon Pendleton, and with plenty of depth at tailback thanks to LJ Scott, Madre London and Gerald Holmes, the natural move was to try Williams as the fullback.

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His presence will give the Spartans offense plenty of options, but one thing the coaching staff can feel relatively certain about is they’re getting a focused Williams.

“You are going to fall, it all depends on how you come back from it,” Williams said. “Never get down on yourself to the point that you cannot get back up. When you give up on yourself, who is going to believe in you? You have to start with yourself first.

“Look at like what Coach D says, ‘You have to look at yourself in the mirror and evaluate yourself first before you get to call someone else.’ If I call Gerald out on a play or Madre or LJ, I cannot do that unless I am doing it right. You cannot be a leader unless you lead by example.”

Dantonio on Davis

Michigan State continues to wait on the status of linebacker Ed Davis, something they expect to have resolved by late next week.
The linebacker is hoping to play a sixth season after missing all of last year with an injured knee.

On Monday, Dantonio sounded optimistic Davis would be part of the team.

“Our linebacker situation is very solid,” Dantonio said. “Ed Davis is coming. We'll get that squared away. My plans are, he's going to be a factor here.”

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