Williams expects an intense, physical game.

Jaison Williams

Oregon senior wide receiver Jaison Williams is nearing the top of Oregon's all-time list in the number of catches, yards and passing touchdown receptions as he prepares for the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday. Williams, is expecting a tough, physical game against the Boilermakers in Lafayette this weekend and is sure the Purdue intensity on defense will match the No. 16 Ducks' offense.

"They will match our intensity for sure," Williams who is on the Maxwell Award list for the College Player of the Year said of the upcoming opponent. "They have pretty good speed for a Big Ten (programs)."

Williams believes that most of the time a Big Ten team will try to strong-arm an opponent, making things very physical in a punch-in-the-mouth sort of way. To combat that, the Ducks must be both mentally and physically tough when game time rolls around. While there has been a lot said about Oregon's great team speed, Williams isn't taking Purdue for granted.

"I watched their corners, safeties and linebackers, they fly around and they are pretty lean guys," observed Williams of Purdue. "It's going to be evenly matched and who wants it the most come fourth quarter."

Williams had seven catches for 94 yards and a touchdown of 48 yards in the first two games of the season. Many feel that he could possibly be a high first round draft choice in the NFL draft next season. He is currently sixth on the school record in pass receptions with 145 catches just behind Tony Hartley (1996-99). Samie Parker is the all-time leader in receptions with 178 catches. Parker also has the most receiving yardage at 2,761 yards and Williams is seventh at 2,218 yards, just 15 yards behind Terry Obee (1986-89) at 2,233. Williams has 18 career touchdown receptions and could become the school's all-time receiver in touchdown receptions this season as several players are tied with the record 24-touchdown receptions.

Last year the Ducks headed the Michigan early in September for a meeting with the Wolverines in the Big House. Williams electrified a national television audience with four grabs for 73 yards including hauling in a 46-yard bomb for a score. The experience helps bolster his confidence as the Ducks again fly east for a Big Ten encounter.

"I expect a lot out of them (Purdue) like I expected out of Michigan," admitted Williams."So we're coming in excited."

The Ducks demolished Michigan last season 39-7 and if things workout Williams could be savoring a win and be a step closer in some Oregon school records.

The game is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) kickoff and will be carried throughout most of the country on ABC. The game will also be carried on the Oregon Sports Network Radio.



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