Hugo’s Will King – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Pine Cellular

By Nick Hampton 

The 2018 season was a topsy-turvy one for Hugo senior Will King and his coach David Barker.

“Will started the season for us at wide receiver but they doubled teamed him a lot and so after the second game I moved him to running back,” said Barker. “Then our quarterback got hurt five games in and so I moved Will there and he was so good that he kept the job.” 

Despite all the position changes, King rushed for 1305 yards with 14 touchdowns and passed for another 592 yards and eight scores which makes him a VYPE Top 100 pick for the upcoming season.

“All the moving was kind of tough last year,” said King. “I never really felt comfortable at wide receiver but when I went to running back, I got back in my groove because I was used to having the ball in my hands. And then when the quarterback spot came open, I was even more comfortable because that’s what I’ve played most of my football years.”

There was also a learning curve challenge for King with all of the position shifting.

“At wide receiver and running back I just had to know a certain number of plays but at quarterback I had to learn everything about all the plays,” said King who also plays baseball, basketball and qualified for the 200-meter dash at state last spring.

“Will is probably the best athlete every time he steps on the field,” said Barker. “He’s become a strong team leader this season. He’s taken it upon himself to call the guys and remind them about our 6:30AM weightlifting this summer. He also realizes that it takes good people around him doing their job for him to be successful.”

With King firmly entrenched in the QB spot for the whole season, his improved passing and his ability to know when to pull the ball down and scramble for yardage, Barker thinks defending his team will be a problem for opponents.

“I think people are going to struggle to figure out how to defense us with his dual threat capability,” said Barker. “Will is special, he’s got a cannon for an arm. I think he can help make us a special team this year, but I’ll tell you this, he’s the kind of athlete that will keep defensive coordinators up at night-he’s that good.”

He’s also good enough that he’s already got some colleges knocking on his door including Division-I Abilene Christian plus in-state schools Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State and East Central all showing interest.