MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There is almost a Minnesota team playing for a national football championship. North Dakota State plays Furman, looking to win a third straight title.

One big reason? A record-setting cornerback from Hopkins coming back from injury this week.

Marcus Williams’ high school athletic career was more noteworthy for basketball — a point guard for Hopkins and maybe the best team to come out of Minnesota.

“Once I was done with high school, coming out of there I was wondering which schools were going to take me to play both sports, actually,” Williams said.

He chose North Dakota State and football and what he’s done has been amazing. He’s a part of two national championship teams — and maturation beyond sports.

“He’s a man now, and that’s been a great transition,” said Craig Bohl, NDSU Football Coach. “He showed up as a guy that was an athletic guy, that was a basketball player and now, he’s broken the FCS record as far as touchdowns off of interceptions. He’s on track to get his degree.”

He’s an anchor on a team that knows how to play the game.

He’s found the right home, he’s made plays and he only has one more goal — to three peat.

“I mean, when I first got here, I wouldn’t even think of us even having the chance to go for a three peat but just the hard work we put in and the dedication in everything we do, I’ve just been blessed.”

His next stop will be an NFL team next fall — after talking with scouts, it’s not a question whether he will get drafted but where he will fall.

Mike Max

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