Yesterday, after our story on Lake Dallas alumnus and Dartmouth quarterback being named the Ivy League Freshman of the Year, I received a call from Williams about doing the interview for the story.
While I couldn’t go back and magically insert his quotes and thoughts into the story (and as much as I’d like to do that), I figured I’d throw pieces of our conversation up here for you all to read.
He talks about whether or not he’s playing baseball next year, about taking over as the starter and his future at Dartmouth.
Also, it’s not in here, but he did manage to use the term “gregarious” in our conversation to describe his personality. I still don’t know what that means without looking it up.
Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth QB, Gregarious Individual
On picking up the offense…
DW: It was extremely difficult, trying to mix learning the offense with trying to show everyone your abilities with trying to staying to humble. It was a lot on my plate I just sat down and studied my playbook. I think that I probably looked over the playbook 20 times, some plays more than others, to make sure I learned the concept. I was really determined to get on the field and help the team.
On taking over as the starter…
DW: It was no pressure. I stepped in and helped the team the best way I knew how to get the victory. My goals are much bigger than actually playing three games. I just did what I had to do to help the team when my number was called.
“Most joyful experience …”
DW: The most memorable [win] was against Princeton. We beat them pretty convincingly. They’re our rival, it was the last game, and we sent the seniors out with a bang.
Reaction after the win against Princeton…
DW: We had finals the next couple of days. I wasn’t even surrounded by people. I was in my room trying to finish my work and turn it in and get back home.
About what he’s plans on majoring in…
DW: We don’t have to worry about that until our sophomore year. Right now I’m contemplating on what I’m going to do in the future. I want to go to medical, but I’m looking at other options of getting into business or marketing or economics.I love money. My passion is money. I want to know how money works, where it goes, can I make more, so forth and so on.
On next season and how excited he is..
DW: I was actually just thinking about that yesterday and the day before. I’m really excited. I’ve got a lot to improve on. I’m excited to work on it in the offseason – get faster, get stronger, watch a lot of film on myself and defenses. I’m ready to ask [head coach Buddy] Teevens a whole bunch of questions, so I hope he’s ready.
On playing baseball in the spring …
DW: I’m thinking about that as well. I’m not sure. I’ve got to talk to coach Teevens and my dad still. Right now, I just don’t know. I want to play, but at the same time, I want to be there in the offseason with the team.
On being surrounded by geniuses at Dartmouth…
DW: If you need help, for sure you can ask someone. It’s not a problem to ask someone. You’re surrounded on a daily basis. It motivates me to know that I can’t slip up. I’m a competitive person and I want to do good even in the academic ranks. Looking over my left and right shoulder, it’s good to know I’ve got to stay focused.