BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 01: Jarrell Root #96 of the Boise State Broncos psyches up his team before the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Bronco Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
I've long wanted to start one of these off by saying "the saga continues!", but calling this countdown a saga is a real freakin' kick in the face to real sagas, you know, the ones where Icelandic dudes wandered through Iceland for 40 years and didn't do anything.
No. 4, Jarrell Williams, RS freshman, cornerback
Jarrell is a 5-foot-11 cornerback, who, yes, is from Robbins, Illinois, and played at the same high school as Dwyane Wade. (Is it only interesting to me that Wade is from Robbins, Illinois as an east-coaster? Do people from Chicago know where Robbins, Illinois is? Whatever.) Anyway, he had three stars out of high school and offers from Minnesota and Boston College, but committed early in the process to NU, redshirting his freshman year. This might be one of my favorite highlight videos: it starts with unnecessary special effects such as the fake roll of film, a motif throughout the video and sepia tone, continues with a touchdown off of a WR pass and a ridiculous stiff-arm on a runback. The soundtrack includes "Black and Yellow" - yes, those do appear to be our school's colors, the always-Rodger-approved "Hustlin" - yes, the edited version, "who you suckas think you trippin' with yes, I'm the boss" just doesn't have the same ring to it - and of course, "Champions", by RON ARTEST. Yes, it's a high school football highlights video with music by Ron Artest. Why aren't you watching it?
Looking forward: Williams isn't on the two-deep - hey! That's so much easier to write! - but should factor in as a reserve cornerback in years to come. Considering how weak NU is at the position, he might even get some tick this year.