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Williams to be honored as Husky Legend

Kasen Williams didn’t expect to be a Husky Legend so quickly.

The receiver planned on being in the middle of his NFL career.

“The expectation for myself was to play a long time in the league and wouldn’t become a Husky Legend for years down the road,” said Williams, who finished his UW career in 2014 and will be honored as the Husky Legend during the Apple Cup at 1 p.m. PT Friday. “For it to be here this early is just a little different, but it’s also really cool, because I was only out of the league for a year and, as soon as the Huskies found an opportunity to have me as the Husky Legend, they took full advantage of it.”

Regardless of when he receives the honor, he’s just happy the university appreciated his accomplishments enough to recognize him during the school’s annual rivalry game against Washington State.

“I really like how much of a priority I was in their minds,” he said. “It’s really cool.”

It is fitting the Huskies decided to honor Williams during the Apple Cup, because it was on that stage as a freshman when Williams first cemented his place in Husky lore, leaping over Cougars defensive back Nolan Washington and providing a lasting memory for fans.

 “The Apple Cup is one of those games where you can show off what you really have and get people to respect you after a great performance,” said Williams, who caught five passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns against the Cougars his freshman year. “For me being able to make my name there and then be honored there, it means a lot.”

The Skyline High School product is a regular at Husky games, so he’s looking forward to another opportunity to be back on the field.

“I try to catch at least a game every season live at Husky Stadium,” he said. “Every time I’m there, I’m on the field for warmups, so it’s a little different.”

It’s a little different, because if he’s going to be on a football field, he wants to be playing.

“Honestly, I don’t necessarily like the feeling, because anytime I’m at Husky Stadium, I want to put the pads on,” he said. “If there’s a game going on, I feel like I should be in it. It’s going to be a little different. I’m going to be really antsy, especially because it’s getting closer and closer to the XFL season.”

The good news for Williams is he will be back on the field competing next week during mini camp.  

“It’s just really cool I can be a Husky Legend and still have something to look forward to,” he said. “It’s not like I’m at a point where my career is over. I can give people something to look forward to. I can give people the opportunity to still watch me play. That I can still do it in Seattle, it’s just a blessing.

“Everything is aligning for this XFL season to be a really good one.”