There'll be no stopping Far North's Jesse Williams in NFL now
QUEENSLAND'S gridiron golden boy, Thursday Island-born Jesse Williams, has helped his Alabama college football team storm home to an emphatic 42-14 drubbing of rivals Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship on Monday night US time.
A leg injury mid-way through the final quarterdid not detract from the 22-year-old's stellar performance as he looks forward to a multi-million-dollar career in the NFL.
It was Alabama and Williams' second successive BCS Championship and appeared as though it would be the perfect send-off for the Queenslander after two years with the "Crimson Tide".
Williams' former coach, Brisbane's Bayside Ravens mentor Steve Box, said the sky was the limit for the talented nose tackle, slated to be a first-round pick in the annual NFL draft on April 25.
"He'll be absolutely rapt with being able to finish things the way he wants, and he's a guy who's a competitor and winning football games is what he's all about," Box said.
The 145kg, 193cm wrecking ball plays the most physically demanding position on the Tide's defensive line but, close to the end zone, head coach Nick Saban tossed him into the offensive unit as a battering ram.
It worked perfectly in the second quarter, with Williams opening a hole for running back T.J. Yeldon to stroll through for a touchdown and give Alabama a 21-0 lead.
The victory is a fitting end for Williams' career in college football.Additional reporting, AAP
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Glory: Thursday Island-born gridiron football star Jesse Williams (right) celebrates the Alabama Crimson Tide's win over Notre Dame with fellow Alabama player Russ Raines.