SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Kyren Williams stood in the garage of his off-campus house the day after putting up 185 yards and two touchdowns against Florida State. His mother Taryn and sister Grace were there, too, all three taking a moment to reflect on the night before, its significance amplified by the 12 years that led to it.

When Williams first jumped into football as a second grader, he did so with plans to take this as far as possible. He bypassed his local public high school in the St. Louis area to attend St. John Vianney, a private school that could offer better exposure. For Christmas during his freshman year, he asked for a trip to summer football camp at Notre Dame. Roughly three years later, Williams was on the Irish roster as a mid-year enrollee.

Those were all mile markers for Williams, steps toward something bigger. And with all due respect to state championships, scholarship offers and commitment ceremonies, Saturday night against Florida State was…





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