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Major Applewhite: Remembering Ricky Williams

Great quotes in here from Major. [One memory of Ricky that I have is playing against] Mississippi State. We played them in ’98 in his Heisman campaign year. He had already won the Heisman, so there was a lot of hype going into that game. Mississippi State was a great football team. They lost by six points to Tennessee and lost the chance to go to the National Championship, so they were ticked off. They came to the Cotton Bowl and there was a lot of jawing going on back and forth at the bowl site. Some defensive backs were talking to Ricky and mimicking his voice, making fun of him. I just remember thinking that they haven’t played against the guy yet. I remember we got down on the goal line opposite the tunnel. We were off set and running an isolation play. I saw one of the safeties that had done all the jawing. He jumps into the hole and Ricky lowers his hat, and I think the guy’s feet were at about the one and a half [yard line] and his butt hit about a yard deep into the end zone. I go home back to Baton Rouge and my family was watching [a replay of] the game and celebrating the fact that we won, and the shot cuts to the sideline and that same guy is on the sideline now with a bag of ice on his neck. The very next series, [Ricky] catches a ball in the flat and another cornerback that was chirping, he gets the same punishment. There are two guys now on the sideline with ice on their neck. They are talking to each other and you know what the conversation is about. There are a lot of times like that. I have seen a lot of DB’s after I have handed the ball off, [Ricky] gets to that second level and you see this guy mysteriously slip.

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