Linebacker Reed Williams sees some good signs as West Virginia University footballers go through summer workouts.

“Things are going well, with everyone working hard,” the 6-2, 235-pound junior from Moorefield said.

Like others, he thinks Mike Barwis, director of strength and conditioning, is pushing the gridders even tougher than he did last summer.

“He’s very good at what he does,” Williams said. “We did warm-up exercises for a couple of weeks, and those were about as strenuous as we’ll do all year.”

But he’s not complaining.

“What we’re doing this summer prepares us for what we must do in the fall camp,” Williams explained. “The harder we work now, the easier it will be then.”

While the players basically are limited to exercises in the weight room and running on the field, the offensive and defensive units do get together at times for 7-on-7 drills.

They also work separately.

“You go through all of this for a reason,” Williams noted. :You work to get out there and play before 65,000. So we can’t wait til we get out there and play the first game.”

Williams, who lettered last year as a reserve, is projected to be a starting linebacker this year.

He was the team’s fourth-leading tackler last season with 57, including 27 solo stops. He had a team-best five sacks for 24 yards in losses, forced three fumbles and recovered two.

Besides linebacking, he also performed on some of the special teams.

“Last year on defense we had some problems stopping the ball at times,” Williams recalled. “But a lot of young guys got valuable experience.

“I think that’s going to pay off this season. Some of those guys are developing into leaders already. So we should be pretty good.”

He’s considered by coaches a very physical player with terrific football instincts. He also is s member of both the Big East and WVU athletic director’s academic honor rolls.

Williams was voted captain of the all-state team’s defense as a standout at Moorefield High. He helped the Yellowjackets to state championships in 2001 and 2003.

He also was outstanding in both basketball and baseball.

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