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Our College 7s Player of the Year might be someone you’ve not heard of this time around. It’s not the leading scorer from the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, it’s not a standout from the inaugural ACRC 7s championship, and there was no 2014 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship to pluck an MVP from.
Instead, our guy comes from the NSCRO ranks. Kevon Williams was one of the talks of the 2014 CRC, even though he wasn’t playing in the main event. His New Mexico Highlands team was in the NSCRO National Championship tournament being held at PPL Park in conjunction with the CRC, and he led the Vatos to the championship game, where they fell to New England College.
In the next few months, he played club ball with the Denver Barbarians, helping them to a 14th-straight appearance at Nationals. For years, all the Barbarians lacked was some real speed on the edge, and Williams provided it, though the club went through a bit of a retooling season. They ended up winning the Frontier circuit en route to Nationals, where they were knocked off by Frontier rival Kansas City in the Cup Quarterfinals.
Williams was Denver’s most electric player last summer. He didn’t just possess straightaway speed, but side-to-side dexterity and the core strength to shuck off defenders lucky enough to catch him. And he was more than capable on defense. Those traits caught eye of the National Team, and he participated in one of Eagles head coach Mike Friday’s early high performance camps.
Williams, a Houston native, is now back at New Mexico Highlands, where he was a standout wide receiver for the gridiron Cowboys. Williams amassed nearly a thousand receiving yards for the DII Cowboys in his final season of football in 2012, and he picked up rugby the following semester. His talents were unveiled on a national scale in 2014, and it isn’t hard to imagine his star continuing to rise in 2015 and beyond.