JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Homecoming isn't scheduled until next weekend, but for the true meaning of the word, Saturday's home opener against Morehead State fits the bearing of a highly welcomed day on the Jacksonville schedule. After spending the entire month of September on the road and taking a bye week, the Dolphins open their home schedule at D.B. Milne Field.
For a large portion of the pod, it will be the first time this season that their family and friends can see them in action. Starting center Logan Williamson expects to have a mini family reunion on campus before the game.
"I've got about 10 to 15 people coming to the first home game. I'm from down in Tampa so it's not too far of a drive for them," said Williamson.
"You know they'll be in the stands watching you on every play so it's definitely extra motivation (to play well)," said Williamson on his family's impact.
The Williamson line of gridiron warriors has left its traces across the South. Williamson's older brother, Bobby, played five years for the Clemson Tigers and spent time in the NFL. His uncle was a Florida Gator, and his cousins have suited up for Georgia Tech and the 2008 Florida National Championship team.
Williamson recalls his high school days of packing up the car after his Friday night games and hitting the road to South Carolina to see Bobby play. Now it's Bobby who follows Logan's college career.
"He's a real big leaning for me, after games I trust his opinion more than anybody else's on my physicality and the way I played," said the 6-2, 292 pounder. "I'm excited for him to see me play for the second time this year."
After the game, both hope to soak in a victory and cheer on Bobby's alma mater in the primetime game of the week against Notre Dame.
"He texted me asking where we are going to watch the game Saturday and I said 'let me get a W first then we worry about that'," said the younger brother.
While it may appear that it's hard to find the men of the family not talking about the X's and O's, Williamson affirms the best wisdom he has received from his family may also be the simplest.
"Have fun. Both my father and brother preach that. I believe that my dad has done a great job with me and my brother through the recruiting process and into our college teams. I take that to heart and really do try to play that way," he said.
In the few times he can relax, the redshirt-senior's fun off the field lies on the water or in the woods.
"Six years ago I brought in a 180-pound tarpon in Boca Grande, (Fla.)," said Williamson with a smile as wide as some of the holes he paves for the Dolphin offense. "It's always a good time to go down there with the boats and reel some of those big boys in."
The future for Williamson has the same forecast as his past. He hopes to continue his career at the next level and work in his father's business.
"I hope and pray that someone gives me a shot at the next level and after that the commercial landscape company that my family owns has down very well for itself and I'll get into that for sure," said Williamson.
The future can wait for now, because the next obstacle in Williamson and his team's goal of going undefeated comes in a very hot Morehead State squad that is coming off back-to-back shutouts.
"We're excited to show not only our fans but the entire team of Jacksonville what we have this year," he said.
There's nowhere else Williamson fits better in the game of football than where he currently stands-in the center of it.