May 5, 2003
Former Westover High standout Mark Williams was a three time all-American and a member of two national championship teams at Georgia Southern.
Williams now is hoping to win his first national title as an assistant coach for the Eagles this fall.
After his playing days were over, Mark Williams worked one year as an assistant at Rhode Island.
When Georgia Southern named Mike Sewak head coach last year, one of the first things Sewak did was bring Williams back to Statesboro. A
nd the move paid off with Georgia Southern center Charles Clark winning the Jacobs Trophy given to the outstanding offensive lineman in the Southern Conference.
Williams made a second return on Monday.
He returned to his hometown to speak to the local Georgia Southern fan club about the 2003 season which according to the school's web page is just 123 days away (as of Monday).
The Eagles once again expect to be contenders for a seventh straight Southern Conference title and the Division 1-AA national title.
Mark Williams says even though the Eagles fell short of their goal of winning a seventh national title, GSU lost to Western Kentucky in the semifinals, Georgia Southern did win a sixth straight conference title with a very young team.
And most of those young players, six starters return on offense and defense, are back not only older but also wiser.
Mark Williams said "We have just got so many young guys that played last year that are going to be juniors and sophomores this year that it is going to be exciting to see what it going to happen.
Georgia Southern will open their season September 6th at Paulson Stadium against Savannah State.