Tremendously talented, Kevin Williams has seen his collegiate career severely curtailed by injuries. Not surprisingly, the defensive lineman will get one more chance at an attempt to stay healthy.
Following Thursday’s practice, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley confirmed that Williams (pictured, No. 92) has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. The waiver means Williams will be eligible to play for the Cornhuskers in 2016.
The waiver was essentially a no-brainer for those entrusted with making such decisions. He missed his entire true freshman season in 2011 because of a knee injury, then missed the entire 2013 season because of another knee issue. His healthiest season came in 2014 when he played in 10 games.
This season, a groin injury has limited Williams to five games.
“What I’ve learned about him is he’s a very consistent person, and good player,” Riley said. “And if we can help him really get ready for his last year physically … and get through it a little cleaner injury-wise, he can have a very good impact for our team.”
Williams was a three-star member of the Cornhuskers’ 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 36 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 22 player at any position in the state of Ohio. In between the injuries, he’s played in a total of 20 games.