Since joining the Streets, Cody Williams had been waiting for his opportunity. The chance to play came this past Saturday during the Streets’ 55-19 loss in Columbus when starting quarterback David Legree was benched and Williams entered the game in the third quarter. The rookie quarterback completed 7 out of 13 passes for 108 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception in his National Arena League debut.
And now, after Legree was placed on the team suspended list, Williams is expected to get the start for Sunday’s home finale against the defending NAL champion Carolina Cobras at the Westchester County Center (7pm MSG).
“I’m very excited to get the start this week,” said Williams who played college football at Monmouth and Assumption. “I’ve been with the guys for almost a month now and to be honest, I’ve had a lot to learn.”
Williams joined the Streets on June 20th and has been working hard in practice learning the indoor game. At 6’3” and 207 pounds, he certainly has the frame to be an effective Arena Football Quarterback. But just like Legree had to do throughout his rookie season before replacing E.J. Nemeth, Williams has had to adjust to the fifty yard game.
It appears as if Williams picked things up pretty quickly and his now ready for his first start.
“(Cody) immediately showed promise by making some throws at practice that other quarterbacks could not,” said Head Coach Rick Marsilio. “After the quarterback change last week in Columbus, Cody came in and provided an immediate start to our offense. The game will slow down for him with the more reps he gets.
Williams began his collegiate career at Monmouth but decided to transfer to Assumption after his redshirt sophomore season in 2016. The Wilbraham, Massachusetts native was 20 out of 25 for 204 yards and four touchdowns during the 2017 season for the Greyhounds. Then in 2018, Williams would complete 139 out of 210 passes for 1,634 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions while also rushing 71 times for 286 yards and six touchdowns.
When he reported to the Streets, Williams fit in right away and displayed the confidence that it takes to play the quarterback position professionally.
“He came in to us with some swagger and was immediately accepted by our players,” said Marsilio. “We are excited to see what Cody can do now that he has the keys to the offense. He certainly has some skill sets that can make him a really good Arena Football quarterback.”
Williams has demonstrated the desire to be a great indoor quarterback as he’s studied lots of film and has been asking the coaching staff and the players plenty of questions. He understands that the Arena Football game is different than what he’s been accustomed to on the one hundred yard field and that has led to him being a quick learner.
But he also knows that he’s had some help from his new friends and will continue to need some guidance, especially this week against a terrific Cobras team.
“The team has done a great job helping me adjust to it,” said Williams. “I’m just trying to do my job and put the offense in the best scoring situation regardless of the team we’re playing. We can only worry about what we can control.”
At 3-9 and going through an eight game losing streak, the Streets are barely clinging to their playoff lives. But with two games to go in the regular season, they have an opportunity to find out if they have their quarterback for 2020 and beyond. Cody Williams has the opportunity he has been waiting for this Saturday against Carolina.
The Streets will play their regular season home finale this Sunday July 21st against the defending NAL Champion Carolina Cobras. Kickoff that night will be at 7pm. Individual tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or at the County Center box office. For season and group sales information, please call 1-833-697-8733 and choose extension one.