Michael Williams catches on for Crimson Tide

Alabama tight end Michael Williams (89) has grown a little more accustomed to having his hands on the ball the past couple of seasons. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Michael Williams moved into Alabama’s starting lineup as a freshman late in the 2009 season because of his blocking.

That’s kept him in the lineup, too, but his pass-catching has turned into a nice bonus for the Crimson Tide. He made 16 receptions last year and already has 18 this year as a senior, along with three touchdowns.

“He has really good hands,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “He’s athletic. He was a very good high school basketball player. He’s made some good catches this year and hopefully we’ll be able to continue doing that.”

Williams said he simply waited for his chance.

“It’s really just biding my time all this time,” he said. “This year was my opportunity to be that guy. I think I stepped in and did everything to the best of my ability. But still got a long way to go, so it all depends. But it’s been good so far.”

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