MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WKRG) — Saraland High School wide receiver and University of Alabama commit Ryan Williams was recognized for his outstanding 2022 season with the Alabama Mr. Football Award, which honors the state’s top high school football player, at a Thursday ceremony in Montgomery.
Williams helped lead Saraland to the school’s first Class 6A State Championship. The sophomore star had four touchdowns in the title game against Mountain Brook and took home MVP honors. Williams was named the Zaxby’s Player of the Year for his gridiron success. The Mr. Football Award is announced every year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
“It was really exciting once I heard my name,” Williams said, reflecting on the award. “And my family was behind me. Like I said, their constant sacrifices for me, and just hearing them being happy for me in such a great atmosphere and situation — it felt good.”
Coach Jeff Kelly said he was excited to have Williams back next year. But most of all, Kelly said he was proud of Williams’ leadership.
“It’s just the kind of young man that he is,” Kelly said. “His work ethic, how he approached every day during the season, and just being consistent with a great attitude, and being a great leader for our team.”
And for Williams, it’s all about the team.
“After everything that I have done this year, it wasn’t just for me,” Williams said. “It was for my team. Whatever we needed to get the job done and win the first state championship, I just wanted to be a part of it and I plan on doing it again next year.”
The 2025 Alabama commit posted a prolific sophomore season with 42 total touchdowns and 2,700 total yards. Williams accounted for 1,641 receiving yards with 24 touchdowns and 700 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Williams added two punt returns for touchdowns and one through the air.
“He is a sophomore, if you look at his numbers, what he has done this year, it would be a tremendous career for anybody,” said Saraland head coach Jeff Kelly about Williams back in December. “You were talking about a three-year career, it would be tremendous numbers. He is an awesome player and to see all the things he did, the numbers are one thing, but just the way that he did it he was so explosive week in and week out. So dominant.”