Marcus Williamson was one of three players to start all eight games for the Ohio State protection final 12 months. The cornerback was on the field for 408 snaps.
Previous to that, he had performed solely 205 complete snaps in three years mixed. He had by no means began a recreation.
So with 2020 wanting like a breakthrough efficiency, a platform off of which to construct one thing really particular, when the NCAA granted athletes a further 12 months of eligibility, Williamson determined to return again.
He is now a grad scholar and what is named a brilliant senior.
This 12 months, he admits, although, hasn’t fairly gone the way in which he had hoped. He has nonetheless discovered methods to contribute and has 13 tackles and one go breakup in 5 video games.
Williamson is a Westerville native, and he’s hoping to have a good larger second half of the season as he performs in entrance of his pals and neighbors.
Be taught extra about Marcus Williamson with this Columbus Dispatch Q&A.
Meet Ohio State soccer cornerback Marcus Williamson
You graduated with a level in historical past, so in the event you may make a film about somebody from historical past, who wouldn’t it be and why?
I really like motion pictures. Wow. In order that’s type of like two of my passions. I really like motion pictures. I really like historical past. Over the summer season I used to be studying a biography about Marcus Aurelius and simply learning his stoicism; a few of his philosophies; his strategy to chief to how he ran his authorities, his empire. So possibly a pleasant little biography may be one thing to dive into.
Have you ever learn his Meditations?
No, not totally. So I received the biography first. I used to be planning on going to the Meditations, however you realize soccer received began, and you know the way that goes.
Being a film man, what are your favourite movies?
Oh, I really like sci-fi. I really like journey. I’ve a “Goonies” poster up on my wall. Just like the Spielberg-type movies, I am only a nut for these. I type of like a romance each from time to time, too. Will Smith does some good ones. One thing like that simply to alter it up.
Should you had a film made about you, who would the actor be you’ll need forged in that position?
For some time, everybody dreamed of Chadwick Boseman enjoying their character. Relaxation in peace to him. I do not know. Perhaps Denzel’s son (John David Washington). I actually like him.
I checked out your Twitter feed and you are not afraid to take a political stand. What’s a difficulty that’s actually essential to you that you simply want extra Individuals paid consideration to?
I might truthfully say — possibly it is private to me, folks I am near — however I might simply say psychological well being. I believe assets and a spotlight is very restricted in that area, and so many individuals battle with it. You would be shocked simply what number of guys I speak to on the staff or on the road or in my private life, and it is similar to, the issues folks battle by means of, man. It would not discriminate: race, gender, age, class. So possibly if we may go in that route that is one thing that will imply lots to me.
Do you wish to share why it is private to you?
I’ve struggled a bit of bit, simply in my journey arising. And fortunately plenty of mild has been shed on it now. We’re in a position to find out about ourselves and our struggles. As a result of I would go so far as to say 10-15 years in the past, we would not be having this dialog. So one thing that has been very private to me. I’ve misplaced pals to psychological well being points. It is simply one thing that may be very expensive to my coronary heart. Doing what I can to make use of my platform to make clear issues that I am captivated with is one thing I actually care deeply for.
I will say this, and possibly plenty of athletes could battle with this in school or at any time when they really feel the tail finish of their profession is coming, however I’ve had struggles all all through school — accidents, private life — and I discovered myself in a spot not likely having route. And I believe it’s extremely straightforward to lose your self in that sense. To have the ability to reclaim my life, reclaim my objectives, reclaim my passions and simply begin to dwell life; I believe discovering that by means of my spirituality and my connection to one thing I really feel like is increased than me has been enormous for my life and the place I see it going.
What would you like the primary line of your Wikipedia web page to learn?
I need it to say philanthropist first. I believe that will be fairly balling. So philanthropist after which no matter follows. However I wish to be identified for giving.
You appear to be a Milwaukee Bucks fan?
No, I simply love Giannis (Antetokounmpo). I really like listening to his interviews. He is such a personality. He is so in-depth together with his responses. He is simply so good on the basketball court docket too. So I am a Giannis fan, not a Bucks fan.
Are there some other groups or some other athletes in different sports activities that you simply admire and comply with?
I am all Cleveland, truthfully. I moved to Columbus about second grade, so I spent a very good period of time up there. So Browns, Cavs. That is just about how I get down.
What do you want most about Columbus?
I really like the variety. I really like the folks right here. Individuals of Ohio, Columbus, they’re so passionate; they’re so arduous working. It may be arduous in Ohio. The sky is gray 9 months out of the 12 months, however a way, folks simply discover the way in which to place their finest foot ahead day by day. And I simply admire it, to see the neighborhood and what they do.
How usually do folks acknowledge you if you’re out?
You already know, I say more often than not, it is folks I’ve possibly have had an acquittance with or any individual, possibly I knew them from Little League or simply prior to now. I believe my household has simply been on this neighborhood so lengthy that I simply type of begin to have these connections naturally, so I would not say an excessive amount of. And I attempt to keep in the home, so…
What do you love to do if you’re at residence?
Meditate. I am actually massive on mindfulness and meditation. I learn a bit. I am actually into fantasy. I attempt autobiographies, you realize attempt to be taught a bit, however on the finish of the day, I am type of an escapist. So I would do some fantasy, watch a bit of film, after which this previous 12 months, I have been cooking lots.
Is there a specific type of meditation you utilize?
I received a bit of bit into yoga this previous summer season. Began studying a bit of bit about pranayama yoga, which is plenty of respiratory, some motion. You already know, simply type of doing my very own factor, looking for that internal peace within the midst of the storm as a result of soccer? It will get intense. So you have to discover that point to wind down and really feel like your self, accumulate your ideas, and I simply attempt to discover productive retailers.
And what’s one thing you would like Ohio State followers knew about you that they do not know already?
That is type of random, however I really like canines.
Do you’ve got one?
I’ve a canine. His identify is Velo. He is like a terrier combine, like a toy fox terrier, possibly a bit of rat terrier.
How’d you give you Velo?
I do not know. I simply checked out him. He was so small once I received him. He was a child. He regarded like a Velo. It simply got here to me.
Does he do any methods?
He can disappear. That boy will get out the home, and he runs throughout the neighborhood.