Williams and Newton Help Lead East to Victory in East-West Shrine Game
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Williams and Newton only OVC players to play in an All-Star Game this season 

HOUSTON - Former Tennessee State running back Javarris Williams rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown in helping the East squad to a 24-19 victory in the 84th annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Robertson Stadium in Houston. 

Playing in front of a large contingent of family and friends, the Richmond, Texas native rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown and picked up a crucial first down in the final minutes to seal his team's win in front of 15,387 fans at Robertson Stadium.

Williams (2008 OVC Offensive Player of the Year) scored on a 3-yard run to give the East a 14-3 lead in the second quarter. Later, with the East facing a third-and-6 at its own 11-yard line with 1:44 left in the game, he found a hole and sprinted 16 yards to kill the hopes of the West, which was out of timeouts.

Williams, and offensive lineman teammate Cecil Newton, were two of 12 players on the rosters from non-Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

 Newton was name to the  All-OVC Team in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Williams, an AFCA and SBN All-American, will next take part in the third annual Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game in El Paso, Texas on Jan. 31.

Earlier this season, Williams became TSU's leader in rushing touchdowns (42) on his way to a thrid cosecutive 1, 000-plus rushing yard season. 

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