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Ex-Worth County star Williams named Big 12 Player of Week

Former Worth County star Meshak Williams has been terrorizing opposing offenses all season as the leader of BCS No. 1 Kansas State and its defense. (Kansas State University/Special to The Herald)

Former Worth County star Meshak Williams has been terrorizing opposing offenses all season as the leader of BCS No. 1 Kansas State and its defense. (Kansas State University/Special to The Herald)

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Folks back home in Southwest Georgia have known for years that former Worth County star Meshak Williams is a beast on the football field.

Now the rest of the nation is finally taking notice.

Williams, the Sylvester native and former Albany Herald Dynamite Dozen selection who signed with Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College out of high school before transferring to Kansas State, is now a senior defensive end for the Wildcats — the new No. 1-ranked team in the BCS standings following Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M over the weekend. And following this past Saturday’s 23-10 K-State win against TCU, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Williams was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for his 10-tackle, two-sack performance.

His first sack of the night was for a loss of 18 yards in the third quarter, which eventually set up a short field for the Wildcats to take a commanding 23-0 lead.

Williams is tied for the Big 12 lead with 8.5 sacks this season, a mark that ranks 17th nationally, while he ranks sixth in the Big 12 with 10.5 tackles for loss. Williams also ranks highly in the K-State record book as he is tied for ninth in school history with 15.5 career sacks and tied for 10th with his 2012 season total. Williams is the anchor of a K-State defense that has 27 sacks in 10 games this season — already the most since the 2007 squad tallied 30.