Former NMSU Receiver making name for himself in CFL

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 5:57pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 6:34pm

Former New Mexico State Receiver Chris Williams looks to make the roster of the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL.  In two preseason games, Williams has 6 receptions for 57 yards, but on special teams, Williams has excelled as a kick returner.  In last week's preseason game against Montreal, Williams had 8 returns for 143 yards and a touchdown.  Here is a look at the Hamilton Tiger Cats:

Who’s in: Coaches Khari Jones (offensive co-ordinator) and Corey Chamblin (defensive co-ordinator), RB Avon Cobourne, DB Daniel Francis, RB Terry Grant, LB Nathan Kanya, WR Aaron Kelly, WR Rory Kohlert, DB Terrance Lee, K/P Justin Medlock, LS Kevin Scott, OL Brian Simmons, OL Wayne Smith, RB Daryl Stephenson, DB Carlos Thomas, WR Chris Williams, LB Renauld Williams, DB Marcell Young, LB Kyle Jones.

Newcomer to watch: RB Avon Cobourne, who spent the past five years in Montreal, was brought in to replace the inconsistent DeAndra’ Cobb. Cobourne’s ability to pick up the pass rush will give QB Kevin Glenn more time to operate. Ticats management hopes Cobourne’s attitude — he is not short on confidence — will rub off on others.

Veteran to watch: Glenn is coming off a career year in which he passed for 5,102 yards and 33 touchdowns. He plans on adding a wrinkle this season — mobility. Glenn hopes to keep opponents honest by using his legs, not just his arm, as a weapon.

Strengths: Hamilton’s trio of linebackers — Markeith Knowlton, Renauld Williams and Jamall Johnson — may be the most feared group in the league. Knowlton is the reigning outstanding defensive player while Williams is returning to the CFL after attending training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers last year.

Weaknesses: Chamblin experimented during training camp with a number of different personnel in the secondary. The unit struggled to varying degrees in both pre-season games.

Reason for optimism: The Ticats kept the core of their team intact while injecting new blood at key positions.

Cause for concern: Jones and Chamblin are both new to their positions and there is bound to be some on-the-job training.

Bottom line: After two straight East semifinal losses at home, it is time for the Ticats to get over the hump or face even more changes.

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