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Auburn's Duke Williams featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Nov 8, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers receiver receiver D'haquille Williams (1) blocks Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Floyd Raven, Sr. (5) during the first half at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 8, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers receiver receiver D'haquille Williams (1) blocks Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Floyd Raven, Sr. (5) during the first half at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

While many outside observers are focused on Auburn's new starter under center and the staff changes on the defensive side of the ball heading into the season, those who follow the team closely know the real star of Tigers is receiver Duke Williams.

Sports Illustrated knows what's up, as they recently put the star receiver on the cover of their Kids edition:

Standing at an imposing six-foot-two, 224-pounds, Williams has the rare combination of elite speed to go along with his power and strength, making him a nightmare to defend. In his first season with the team, Williams served as Nick Marshall's safety valve time and time again.

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Now equipped with a quarterback poised to make a bigger impact in the passing game, expect Williams' numbers to skyrocket this season.