NORFOLK (WAVY) – Despite what became a debacle in Lynchburg on Saturday, Bobby Wilder still believes in his young quarterback. Sophomore Steven Williams showed considerable growth and ability over the duration of fall camp, but completed less than half of his throws for only 132 yards and no touchdowns in Old Dominion’s 52-10 loss at Liberty to open the season.
“(Steven Williams is) the quarterback of this football team, but he knows he needs to perform better in this game on Saturday,” said Wilder at his weekly press conference on Monday.
Williams led the Monarchs (0-1) into the red zone several times, but twice missed open receivers on what would have been go-ahead touchdowns.
“I was too pumped up from the game and the crowd,” said Williams. “I was letting the energy too much get to me.
“I missed important throws. Like, easy throws I know I can make in my sleep. Those were the game-changers.”
Williams’ confidence understandably took a hit following the loss, but Wilder never lost confidence in his man behind center.
“Keep in mind, Saturday night, he didn’t throw any interceptions, he protected the ball well, the only mishap we had was he missed on a pitch late in the game on the option play. So, for a guy who just played in his 11th football game, he’s still developing,” said Wilder.
Williams has a chance to take another step against Florida International on Saturday night.