By Mike Moguin
When Kobe Williams reached high school, Bixby coaches saw him as a better fit on the offensive side of the line after playing defense since fifth grade.
Williams, 6’3″, 262 pounds, has since been a key component to the Spartans’ offensive line, having been part of two state championship squads and one runner-up in the last three seasons. He alternated last year between guard and tackle on the right side.
Bixby coach Landon Montgomery describes Williams has someone ready to take on a leadership role.
“Ever since I started playing high school ball, I always looked to the leaders that were already on the team,” Williams said. “They just pushed me to be a better person than who I am today.”
Williams is one of three starters returning to the line. He had to sit out spring practice to nurse an injury, but was impressed with the younger linemen.
“Watching the younger linemen step up and playing their part in what we needed them to do, they did really well,” he said.
The most important thing as offensive linemen, Williams said, “is how we all come together when we’re needed the most. Whether it’s during practice or during a game or even when we’re working out, just the brotherhood this offensive line has is just amazing.
“Sometimes, as offensive linemen, we wish we got a little bit more recognition. But, at the end of the day, as long as we protect our QB and our receivers and our running backs are doing what they need to do, then everything is all good,” Williams added.
The feeling of winning state last season was great. Especially after coming up short the previous year.
“We were all so happy when we won. Losing (in 2017) really hurt, but coming back (in 2018), it really put a chip on our shoulder and made it special for us coming back to win state,” the Bixby lineman said.
Williams plans to play college football and has received offers from Northeastern State and Bethel College. He is a fan of LSU since his father is a Louisiana native. He also has cousins who played in the past for the Tigers.
One player Williams likes to emulate is Chasen Hines, a starter on the LSU offensive line.
His favorite NFL team is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I like how the offensive line really connects with each other. I actually like their running back, Leonard Fournette. He came from LSU. He is a really good player as well,” Williams said.
Thrilled to be a part of the Class 6A Division II dynasty, Williams hopes for nothing more than to help the Spartans win back-to-back state championships, and a fifth in six years.
“It would be amazing,” he said. “That would be a great way to end my senior season, which would be to come back and win another gold ball.
“As long as we just work hard and play as a team and do what we need to do and don’t let what happened last year fool anybody, and just come out working harder this year and showing what we really are, then we’ll definitely win state this year.”