The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions are working to improve their record in the 2019 football season, and one athlete who is expected to be a major contributor is Pine Bluff’s own KeShawn Williams.

The 5-foot-10, 192 pound running back is a Pine Bluff Dollarway graduate who ran the ball 125 times for 703 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017 for the Golden Lions. An injury held him out in 2018, but he is ready to go for the 2019 season.

Williams has been receiving a considerable amount of reps in fall camp, and he said that he believes things are going good for the Golden Lions as they prepare for the 2019 season.

“I think things are going fast,” he said. “We just have to clean up our errors, but for the most part it is going good.”

Williams said the things he believes the team needs to work on before the season opener at TCU.

“Just the tempo,” he said. “We have to make sure everyone is lined up in the right spots. Everybody can get kind of fatigued, but we will get through it.”

Second-year head coach Cedric Thomas instituted a new summer workout program that he believes will pay dividends for the Golden Lions in 2019. Williams believes it will help the team as well.

“It was great,” Williams said. “It was different from what we had with the previous strength and conditioning coach. We just went in and gave it our all. We got tired at times, but they taught us to push through and to give it our all. It was a process, but I think it is going to help us this year.”

Williams said that it makes him proud to play for his hometown team.

“It is great because everyone will come to support UAPB because of it,” Williams said. “I am here and there are a lot of other people who are from here that are on the team, so that is going to help bring in a lot of fans.”

He also said he believes the Golden Lions are capable of doing this year.

“We are going to win some games,” Williams said. “We are better and we are faster this year. I think we will be able to compete in the SWAC, and we are going to win some games.”

Williams said that the team is focused on finishing games this year.

“We just have to finish,” Williams said. “We had a lot of games that we lost close, so this year we are focused on finishing. If we can finish we will win those close games.”