First thing you need to know about Shadow Williams: That’s not a nickname. Shadow is his real name.
“I get asked a lot if I’m joking or not,” he said with a laugh. “It’s my actual name. I pull out my ID a lot to prove people wrong.”
Proving people wrong isn’t just something he just with a driver’s license.
With less than two weeks before the Sept. 1 season opener against Toledo, Shadow Williams — freshman walk-on — just might be the Arizona Wildcats’ starting middle linebacker.
“The way it is going now,” he said Sunday at Arizona’s Media Day, “I should be getting a lot of playing time in the opening game. Pretty excited for that. Just coming in as a walk-on, knowing I could contribute to the defense in the first game, it’s definitely mind-blowing.”
Williams’ emergence in fall camp was part ability, part emergency.