[Mary Beth Nolan for Shaw Media]
Williams, a Geneva rising junior, was playing wideout when he caught the fourth-and-three pass on a slant during a game with St. Charles North last year.
A jarring hit knocked him chillingly stiff and limp. Williams was removed from the field on a stretcher and taken into an ambulance.
"When I woke up, I was just like 'Why am I not at the game?'" Williams recalled at a Kaneland 7-on-7 event on Tuesday. "I was in the ambulance, then I woke up...I actually did not get a concussion. It was just a clean knockout."
He didn't consider giving up football.
"Because I love the game," Williams said. "It's just always been there for me...I just love the game and can't not play."
Williams, incredibly, was on the sideline the next week against West Aurora. He watched the Vikings come up yards short of a touchdown-scoring chance, ending their season in gut-wrenching fashion.
Nine months later, Williams is now at the controls of the Geneva offense, taking over as Bobby Murray at quarterback.
And following in some familiar footsteps.
Williams' older brother, Matt, started for the Vikings at quarterback for three years. As a senior in 2011, Williams threw for 1,451 yards and nine touchdowns.