Duke football present at Final Four, too


So it turns out Duke football will have a presence at the men's Final Four as well.

Defensive end Deion Williams is part of a quartet that will sing the national anthem before tip-off prior to the Blue Devils' 6:09 p.m. national semifinal game Saturday against Michigan State, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

While all four schools will be represented in the national anthem by an athlete from their schools, Williams is the only football player from the group. Michigan State soccer player Michelle Dear, Kentucky soccer player Kennedy Collier and Wisconsin basketball player Vitto Brown will all sing as well. (Some weekend for Brown, huh?)

Those who have any doubts about Williams' vocals ought to check out this duet he sang during last April's Duke STARS event. Williams covered a four-minute song, John Mayer's "Why Georgia," with linebacker Kelby Brown manning the guitar beside him. Impressive stuff.

On the field, Williams has had his fair share of success as well. The 6-foot, 230-pounder enters his senior season having recorded 29 tackles in 40 games over the past three seasons. He has 2013 academic All-ACC honors to his name as well.

It's probably worth tuning in a few minutes early Saturday to check Williams and his group out.