Mississippi State football: WR Austin Williams named to community service team

Austin Williams is a talented player on the field for Mississippi State, but the wide receiver has accomplished just as much off the field through his contribution to the community.

Williams was named to the SEC community service team as the Bulldogs representative this week. He joins a player from each of the other SEC universities in a team filled with men who went out of their way to serve others around them.

While at Maroon and White, Williams went above and beyond to help community members in Starkville as well as in other parts of the world. He is a member of two varsity athlete clubs: the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which serves as a voice for all MSU athletes, and a varsity athlete service organization known as the M-Club. Most of Williams’ services consist of helping children. He has made visits to Batson Children’s Hospital and the Palmer Home for Children, as well as readings to students at the Emerson Family School and volunteering through Faithworks at a local Vacation Bible School. Williams even went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic through Pinelake Church. In addition to being named to the SEC’s community service team, Williams was recognized as a 2021 semi-finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which honors college football’s best community service leader.

As an athlete, Williams has had an exceptional season as a wide receiver for the Bulldogs. He has seen playing time in every game since 2018, but has steadily improved over the years with 2021 being the peak of his performance. Williams finished the 2021 regular season with 543 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 47 receptions, and he also added 20 yards on punt returns. His most impressive game of the season was against Tennessee State on November 20 – Williams scored three touchdowns on three receptions in the first half of the game. He also recorded a season-high in receiving yards with 75 in that game alone.

Williams still has one more year of eligibility and has made it clear he plans to return for another year. His return would greatly benefit the team: they would bring back a veteran athlete and an exceptional member of the community to take the team to new heights.

Norma P. Rex