Isaiah Williams wanted to be able to help his team this upcoming season. With Brandon Peters returning at quarterback for a third year, the best chance for Williams to get on the field was to switch positions.

This spring, Williams made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver. Learning a new position has its challenges, but with Williams’ speed, he could develop into considerable threat in the passing attack.

But that’s not the only goal Williams has for the upcoming season. Speaking with Joey Wagner of Illini Inquirer, Williams explained what his goals are after switching positions.

“I want to be a leader of this team,” Williams said. “I want to start. I want to make All-B1G. You name it. I want everything. I’m not switching just to be average.”

Williams did play wide receiver for the Illini during the Redbox Bowl appearance at the end of the 2019 season, catching 3 passes for 9 yards. At the time, though, he spent most of the year working at quarterback.

Last year, Williams was called into action more frequently under center. He played in 5 games and threw for 393 yards and 4 touchdowns while also rushing for 389 yards and an additional score. His speed was tough for defenses contain, which is a big reason why he could be a huge threat at receiver.

At a time when it’s incredibly easy for Williams to transfer with a chance to play quarterback elsewhere, he decided to give the receiver position a chance. He thinks he can do big things in the new role.