ANN ARBOR — The game appears on the schedule like any other instance of a major program playing some random overmatched foe. Michigan will be favored by 20-plus points against Prairie View A&M on Saturday at Entertainment and Sports Arena in southeast Washington, D.C. The game will come and go. No big deal.
Well, not quite. At least to Terrance Williams II and those who raised him. For them, this game comes with layers.
“Means a lot,” said Williams, an ever-emerging Michigan sophomore.
Williams grew up in southwest Washington D.C. and moved to Prince George’s County on D.C.’s eastern border when he was 5. His father, Terrance Williams Sr. was born and raised in Norfolk, Va. before moving to D.C. to attend Howard University. Melanie Williams, Terrance’s mother, is from Fairfax County in Northern Virginia and moved to D.C. when she was in the sixth grade. She left to attend Hampton University, about three hours south of the city, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay along the Virginia coastline.