Frankie Williams would love to be remembered for his exploits on the football field at Robinson High. However, he's also willing to honor those who came before him.
When Williams learned that Robinson coaches planned to retire the jersey number of Javier Arenas, who went from unsung high school star to college All-American to NFL draft pick, Williams did his part.
The Knights' senior standout gave up his No. 1 jersey - the same one Arenas wore - in favor of No. 10.
"He earned his, so I'll respect that and give him his number," Williams said before smiling and adding a sinister twist on the decision. "Plus, I also want to switch it up on some teams. Maybe I can get a couple kickoffs in before they notice."
There's a slim chance of the latter happening considering Williams has shown the same penchant for remarkable special teams plays that helped Arenas earn All-American honors at Alabama. Of Williams' team-best 18 touchdowns in 2009, seven came on kick returns - which tied Arenas' school record - so opposing teams certainly will be sure to mark him once he steps onto the field.
"As a return man, he's probably one of the most dangerous guys I've seen," Knights offensive coordinator Rob Burns said.
Returns are just one-third of Williams' game, however. He's also a standout receiver and defensive back.
Williams led Robinson in receiving yards (660) and touchdown receptions (10) last season while finishing second with 35 receptions. He also led the team with three interceptions and nine passes defensed while contributing 32 tackles.
He earned first-team all-state recognition and helped Robinson reach the Class 2A state semifinals.
"Last year, with the breakout season that he had, he turned in to one of the premier players in the county," Robinson coach Mike DePue said, noting that Williams has turned in game-changing plays throughout his prep career. "He's a game-breaker and does all the right things."
If Williams does enough this year, perhaps it will spark another player to give up No. 10 in the future.
Jack Peters Field, 6311 S. Lois Ave., TampaCLASS-DISTRICT:
2A-5 (with Jesuit, Lennard, Middleton, Steinbrenner, Strawberry Crest and St. Pete Catholic)COACH:
Mike DePue (41-35, eighth season)LAST SEASON:
at LetoSept. 16:
at JesuitOct. 8:
at NewsomeOct. 15:
St. Petersburg CatholicOct. 22:
at SteinbrennerNov. 5:
at Strawberry CrestNov. 12:
No.NamePos.Ht.Wt.Yr.4Robert PriesterWR5-9165Fr.5John CarterLB6-0190Sr.7Ruben GonzalezWR6-3195Sr.8Blake RiceQB5-10180Sr.9Benzel McKeverLB5-11185Sr.10Frankie WilliamsDB5-10185Sr.12Videl WoodruffQB6-1175So.13Carlos DuclosDB5-8165So.15Tevin NewmanLB6-2195Sr.16Ethan KindleWR6-1160Jr.17Vic RiveraDB6-0185Jr.18Kody ThomasK6-0160Jr.19Jahvon AguileraWR5-10165Sr.20Vince GeorgeWR5-9175Jr.21Marqus BakerRB5-11185Sr.22Chequille WilliamsRB5-8185So.23Malcom HubbertRB5-8155Jr.24J.J. HubbardRB5-8175Sr.25Corey BaileyDB6-2175Sr.28Joe FosterRB5-8165Jr.30Martin RuizRB5-10180So.31Rhett GoodmanLB5-10175Sr.33Cameron ArnoldLB6-1205Sr.34Robert SmithRB6-1250Sr.40Curtis HiltonDL5-8170Sr.42Alex CallLB5-9205Jr.44Justin MadisonDL6-3180So.45Justin CreechLB5-11215Jr.47John TaylorDL5-10205So.51Nick HurseyOL5-10215Sr.52Chris DuvallDL6-1230So.55Brian AfflixioOL5-10165Sr.58Zach MireiderDL5-10200Sr.63Shawn PaulDL5-11215Sr.64Eric KaschalkOL5-8170Jr.70Zach SaboOL5-11230So.73James MilneDL5-9230Sr.74Brooks LovelyOL6-2230So.75Richard ReayOL6-5260Sr.77Andrew MeddaughOL6-3255Sr.80David CorleyDL6-1190Sr.88Trae LeonardTE6-3180Jr.99Alonzo BrownDL5-10190Jr.