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Utah football notes: Williams started against ASU while at Washington

TEMPE, Ariz. — Troy Williams has done this before. As a redshirt freshman at Washington in 2014, he made a start at quarterback against Arizona State. Things didn’t go all that well that day in Seattle.

The Huskies dropped a 24-10 decision to the Sun Devils. Williams completed 18 of 26 passes for 139 yards in the loss and was intercepted twice.

It was the last time Williams played for Washington. He transferred to Santa Monica College the next season and then made his way to Utah.

Now comes a second career start against ASU, Thursday night at Sun Devil Stadium.

“I haven’t really thought about it like that — too much,” said Williams, who will be making his 10th straight start for the 12th-ranked Utes.

Although the Sun Devils were the first opponent he faced as a starter in college, a lot of time has passed and Williams noted that many things are completely different

“So I’m just trying to take it as if I have never seen them before,” he said.

THE NEXT LEVEL: Returning from retirement could very well land running back Joe Williams in the National Football League. He’s just 242 yards away from becoming the 13th player in Utah history to reach 1,000 in a season.

“It just goes to show you that anything can happen and everything happens for a reason,” Williams said. “I’m still going to go out every day in practice, after practice. and do everything I can just to make myself a better football player for my team and we’ll see what the future has in store for me.”

EXTRA POINTS: ASU has a commanding 20-7 lead in the all-time series. The Sun Devils hold a 14-3 advantage in Tempe . . . Utah assistant Dennis Erickson was ASU’s head coach from 2007-2011 . . . Kyle Whittingham teams at Utah are 9-4 after bye weeks.

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