Former UGA fullback Williams builds backyard replica of Sanford Stadium

Des Williams wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty as a fullback at Georgia from 2003-07, and he’s taken that philosophy into his career as the owner of a landscaping company.

“Being in my industry, it’s almost like being a fullback,” Williams said. “It’s not glamorous, but it’s an important job and a lot of hard work.”

A project close to his heart wrapped up earlier this month when he competed a 23-yard-long scale replica of the field at Sanford Stadium behind his Dacula home complete with lighting, field-goal uprights, a bench and, yes, even the hedges.

It was finished just in time for his son Braylon’s second birthday, a goal Williams said he set to ensure his son could grow up with the ultimate football play area.

“My son’s already a big Georgia fan, and I’ve taken him to several Georgia games and G-Day Games,” said Williams, whose owns the landscaping and lighting company Outdoor Advantage. “Just seeing him run around on the field and have such a good time and pointing out all the Gs, it’s great. It may take a few years before he realizes his field is just like the one at Sanford Stadium, but I think he will feel like he’s got a cool back yard.”

Williams broke ground on the project about three months ago, and the project required more than 200 hours from Williams along with a help from employees, sub-contractors and vendors. The job included a laser leveling of the yard, putting in a new drainage system, turf installation and plenty of paint for lines and the G emblem.

Williams has followed the Bulldogs’ season closely as the team reeled off a 10-game winning streak to set up Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Championship showdown against top-ranked LSU.

“It’s been a lot of fun watching this season,” said Williams, whose Georgia teams went 1-1 against LSU in SEC Championship games in 2003 and 2005. “It didn’t start off the best, but we found a way to win. When I was there, we played a lot of close games and had a lot of great competitors, and we just had leaders and guys who found a way to win. I’m just ecstatic about this group of guys, coach Mark Richt and the staff and the job they’ve done to get back there this year.”

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