What in the world is Mike Williams thinking? The Syracuse receiver walked into Doug Marrone's office this morning and announced he was quitting the team, Marrone told reporters this afternoon. No one could have seen this coming. Williams was suspended for the Akron game but seemed genuinely apologetic afterward, while not saying what he did to cause the suspension.
He is a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award for the nation's best receiver and has arguably been the best wideout in the Big East this season, catching 49 balls for 746 yards and six touchdowns. Marrone said he had "no idea" why Williams left the team. Williams returned to school this year after sitting out all of last season. He was accused of academic fraud and went to a community college to get back into good standing.
I talked to him several times in the past few months, and each time, he sounded like a guy who was truly happy to be back at Syracuse. Check out this exchange from my Friday Q&A with Williams last month: You said this is a changed team. Are you a changed person? Are your academic problems a thing of the past? MW: I feel like I still have a lot to prove on the field and in the classroom. I want to let them know that I can live the college life. I want to let them know I can hold up my responsibilities and do everything to stay here this time. I feel like I have a lot to prove still. Williams proved one thing: He can't be counted upon.
He's a guy with definite NFL potential. But his erratic behavior will definitely cause his stock to plummet. Would you risk a pick on a guy who quit his team in the middle of the year? - Brian Bennett, ESPN