The running back suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter of the loss to Syracuse and did not return, finishing with a season-low 29 yards on nine carries. Technically, the injury was an aggravation of a previous one, but head coach Steve Addazio sounded optimistic that Williams will play for the Eagles in their bowl game.
“Obviously he had to have X-rays and different things to see the severity of the shoulder injury which occurred very early in the game,” Addazio said according to the Boston Herald. “It was just an extension of what he had and unfortunately he took a shot right on that spot and then a few more. . . . I’m sure he’ll be ready to roll by the time we play a bowl game but we don’t know exactly how long that will be.”
Williams has rushed for 2,105 yards this season; the nation’s second-leading rusher, Washington’s Bishop Sankey, has rushed for 1,775. 897 of Williams’ yards came in the three games prior to the shoulder issue resurfacing.
Because of what he’s meant for the football team both on and off the field, Addazio pushed for Williams to remain part of the Heisman discussion.
“I wanted to reread that (Heisman) mission statement because I really believe that in my heart,” the coach. “I’ve been around a lot of different players in my career and I just think when you have a guy that represents what we all hold dear in college football, those are things that should be held in esteem.
“If the criteria are outstanding football player, dominant football player, great integrity, tremendous person, student athlete, those things are really important. In this case, and I’m not saying anybody is or isn’t, I’m just saying that’s what he stands for.”