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Malik Williams. Patrick Laird. Bailey Gaither.

They are all former Central Coast football stars who lead or are at the top, of various categories for their respective teams. And they have all been out of action for awhile.

Williams was hurt in Louiville's 39-25 upset loss to North Carolina State. Williams, a North Carolina native who was a standout return man in his one season at Hancock College, suffered an injured wrist.

He did not play in the 4-3 Cardinals' most recent game, a 42-25 loss to Boston College.

In his six games, Williams has total 274 yards on 39 carries. That's second on the team. Quarterback and reigning Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson, at 690 yards, is by far the team leader.

Mission Prep graduate Patrick Laird did not play in Cal's last game, a blowout of Washington State and Paso Robles graduate Bailey Gaither has not played in San Jose state's last two games.

Laird is still the 4-3 Bears' leading rusher, with 400 yards and four touchdowns on the year. Gaither lost his team lead during his absence and is now the third-leading receiver for the 1-7 Spartans.

Here is a summary of how some other former Central Coast stars are doing.

Garrett Owens

Owens is 1-for-2 in field goal tries for 4-2 Iowa State after he made good on all three of his field goal tries as the 4-2 Cyclones stunned No. 3 Oklahoma 38-31 in Norman.

A transfer from Oregon State, Owens, a senior, is a former Arroyo Grande High School star.

The Cyclones will play at Texas Tech Saturday.

Curry Parham

The St. Joseph College and Hancock alum went 10-for-26 for 121 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, as Tabor College moved to 4-2, 4-1 with a 37-16 Kanas Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Southwestern last week.

The Blue Jays will play No. 24 Kansas Wesleyan at home Saturday.

Derrick Portis

The former Lompoc High School standout has been solid in limited action for Ferris State.

Portis has carried the ball 13 times for a total of 93 yards for the 3-3 Bullldogs. Ferris State will host Grand Valley State in the Anchor Bone Classic Saturday.    


Sports Reporter