Former Trojans WR Mike Williams joins USC as Director of Player Development

USC is hiring a former All-American to its staff, and head coach Lincoln Riley held a FaceTime call to make the announcement.

On Friday, USC posted on social media a call between Riley and former Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart who were joined by former wide receiver Mike Williams.

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“I know we’ve been talking a lot about this player development job,” Riley said. “I thought what better than to have a guy that delivered a lot of touchdowns to you and a lot of big plays. He’s got one more ball here for you. He’s got one more opportunity here for you, man, so I thought let’s get your teammate on here to let you hear it.”

USC posted Williams will be the Trojans’ Director of Player Development. It’s a hire that will bring Williams back to his alma mater.

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According to Luca Evans of The Orange County Register, Williams has been a high school football coach in Tampa, Florida, at Wharton High and T.R. Robinson High.

Williams earned All-America honors in 2003 after hauling in 1,314 yards and 16 touchdowns as the Trojans beat Michigan in the national championship at the Rose Bowl.

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Across two seasons at USC, Williams caught 2,579 yards and more than 30 touchdowns. It led him to being selected No. 10 overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Williams will replace former director of player development Chris Carter, who took an assistant general manager role at UCLA according to The Orange County Register.