After being redshirted in 2012, Waconia native Maxx Williams certainly burst onto the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football scene in 2013.
The 6-foot-4, 254-pound tight end played all 13 games for Minnesota this season and started seven of them. He led the team in receiving yards with 417 yards and was tied to lead the team in receptions, with 25 catches. His biggest games came against Michigan and Syracuse, when he caught five passes each game.
His first catch in a Gopher uniform came in the first game of the season against UNLV on Aug. 29, a 10-yard touchdown reception. He also had a game-winning 50-yard touchdown reception against Indiana on Nov. 2. Williams scored five touchdowns for Minnesota this year.
He was named to Athlon’s Freshman All-America Third Team, as well as earning a Big Ten-All Freshman Team placement. Along with teammate Donovahn Jones, Williams was awarded the team’s Outstanding Offensive Freshman of the Year award.
A 2012 graduate of Waconia High School, Williams played quarterback for the Wildcats under former head coach Pat Foley. Williams received multiple All-Conference and All-State honors, as well as being named to various All-Metro teams and playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Williams said the switch from high school quarterback to college-level tight end was easier than he anticipated.
“I say this because when I got here there were lots of people and coaches here to help,” he said. “I love my new position. I could not imagine playing any other position.”
The Gophers finished their 2013 campaign with an 8-5 overall record, 4-4 in the Big Ten. Wins this season came against UNLV, New Mexico State, Western Illinois, and San Jose State in September, along with Northwestern, Nebraska, Indiana, and Penn State in October and November. The Gophers ended the season with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27.
When he’s not in class or at practice, he said he tries to volunteer as much as he can.
“Doing things like working with kids or Feed My Starving Children,” he said.
Williams is majoring in communications with a minor in coaching, and is the son of Brian and Rochele Williams.
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