Pacific University’s current single season receiving yards record may only stand for one year.
The current record set in 2015, by wide receiver Nathan Suyematsu stands at 1098 yards in a single season throughout ten games.
However, the record is quickly being contested by the Boxer’s redshirt freshman wide receiver Kobe Williams.
Throughout just seven of the 10 games this season on the Boxers schedule, Williams already has 39 receptions, eight touchdowns and 733 reception yards with an average of 104.7 yards per game.
Williams has had three games with more that 100 recieving yards including a 145 yards against Dubuque University, 160 yards against Occidental University and a 178 yards against Lewis and Clark College.
In comparison, Suyematsu, after 10 games had accumulated a then record breaking 73 receptions, seven touchdowns, 1098 total receiving yards and averaged 109.8 yards per game.
As Williams and Suyematsu’s stats are almost hand in hand, there are still four games remaining for Williams in the 2016 season.
When asked what he thinks about approaching the record Williams said, “Some of my teammates bring it up to me in the locker room here and there, but I hardly think about it at all. I’m more focused on the team’s success rather than my individual success.”
For Suyematsu, before his breakout senior season in 2015, he combined for only 11 receptions, one touchdown and 106 yards receiving.
“I didn’t even realize I was getting close to breaking the record until the last game of the season against Puget Sound,” Suymatsu said. “There was small presence of pressure to get it but at the same time, I tried not to think about it. It was a great experience to break it and I wish nothing but success to my former teammate to try and break it!”
In order for Williams to break Suyematsu’s record, he needs a total of 365 yards in the remaining three games against Whitworth University, George Fox University and Puget Sound University.