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The last time Marquez Williams played a home college football game, 2,111 people showed up.
It gets a little different now.
Williams, a 280-pound fullback whose weight-room exploits generated plenty of attention over the summer, made his Miami debut on Saturday when the Hurricanes open the season against Florida A&M.
And he scored on Miami's first possession, no less.
His first touch as a Hurricane came early in the first quarter Saturday night _ and it was memorable. He caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Brad Kaaya, giving Miami its first points of 2016.
Williams graduated from Division II's Mars Hill University and after the 2015 season ended there he decided to look around and see if an opportunity existed for him to use his last year of eligibility.
Miami came calling, which made lots of sense. Williams is a native of Athens, Georgia, where new Hurricanes coach Mark Richt spent the last 15 years coaching the Georgia Bulldogs. And when Williams arrived at Mars Hill, Jon Richt _ the Miami coach's son and now a member of the Hurricanes' staff _ was playing there.
So on the day Williams graduated from Mars Hill, Mark Richt asked him to visit Miami. Williams thought he would have to pack up his stuff, drop it off in Athens, then drive to Coral Gables. He initially didn't realize that Miami was going to fly him in for his visit.
"Never really been on a plane, except for once and I was too young to remember," Williams said. "I thought it was interesting that he was going to fly me down here."
You get the sense that Miami FB Marquez Williams will be a fan favorite -- if he isn't already. Debuts today. pic.twitter.com/yLkrJ3lMKK
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 3, 2016
Williams only carried the ball twice last season in 11 games at Mars Hill, gaining nine yards. His job is to block, and he's fine with that.
"As long as the team's winning, I'm happy," Williams said.
Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya sounds thrilled to have him around, too.
"You see games the big SEC teams play and you see holes that look like you can fit an F-150 through them," Kaaya said, referring to a full-size pickup. "If you could create a video game on Madden, Quez is who you'd create. Fast, big and loves to knock people around."
And he can score as well.