Texas A&M has officially learned that transfer Brandon Williams will not be a part of its deep stable of running backs for the 2012 season.
The school confirmed Wednesday that the NCAA has denied Williams’ appeal for a hardship waiver that would’ve granted the back immediate eligibility and allowed him to play this season. AggieSports.com reports that the NCAA denied A&M’s original request Aug. 2, and the school’s appeal of that decision was recently denied as well.
No reason for the request of a hardship waiver was given.
“We appreciate the NCAA’s consideration of our appeal in the case of Brandon Williams,” first-year Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. “We knew this was a possibility and Brandon will continue to work out with our team and help our team get better. We look forward to him playing in maroon and white in 2013.”
In December of last year, Williams transferred to A&M from Oklahoma. A five-star member of the Sooners’ 2011 recruiting class, Williams rushed for 219 yards on 46 carries as a true freshman.
He will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.