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Former USC receiver who transferred to Oregon State says he is now an Oregon Duck


If it looks like a Trojan and sounds like a beaver, then it might just be a duck.

Devon Williams, who entered the transfer portal just a few weeks ago and was officially announced as an Oregon State roster addition two weeks later, is on the move once again. And this time, he’s heading to Oregon. Williams announced his latest decision with a brief statement on Twitter on Friday afternoon.

“First I would like to say thank you to Oregon State University especially Coach Smith for opening their arms to me and my family and giving me the opportunity to play in their program,” Williams said. “This has been a long time coming and I appreciate everyone who has helped me get to this place. I know in my heart that this is where I belong and I cannot wait to be playing in Autzen Stadium wearing Green and Yellow. With all that being said I would like [to] announce that IT’S OFFICIAL I AM A DUCK AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON.”

Just two days ago, Oregon State officially announced Williams was coming to their program. Now, he’s going to Oregon State’s in-state rival. How about that?

Williams will be eligible to play for Oregon in 2020. He will have three years of eligibility to use in Eugene. The former four-star recruit in USC’s Class of 2018 had four receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans in 12 appearances.

If we give it another 48-72 hours, Williams may be heading to Washington next.

Affidavit accuses Kansas RB Pooka Williams of punching woman, grabbing her by throat

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Kansas freshman running back Pooka Williams was arrested earlier in December for suspicion of an alleged assault. According to details on an arrest affidavit in a district court, the alleged victim claims Williams punched an 18-year old woman and grabbed her by the throat, according to a report from The Kansas City Star.

The incident allegedly involving Williams occurred on Dec. 5. A university police officer interviewed an 18-year old woman, the alleged victim, the following morning. According to the alleged victim, Williams punched her in the stomach and grabbed her by the throat at an apartment. According to the affidavit, the woman had bruises on her arms and her side and text messages claiming Williams admitted to punching her were presented by the woman.

When questioned about the incident, Williams admitted to pushing the alleged victim, but not punching. Williams has since pleaded not guilty in district court to a misdemeanor charge filed against him. He is scheduled for a court appearance on Jan. 9.

Kansas suspended Williams earlier this month following an arrest on one count of suspicion of domestic battery. Williams rushed for 1,125 yards and earned first-team All-Big 12 status and was named the Big 12’s Offensive Freshman of the Year.

Nebraska WR coach Keith Williams sentenced to 30 days in jail for August DUI

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Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams pled no contest to charges from a DUI incident last August. On Wednesday, he received his sentence from a county judge and learned he would be sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation.

According to The Lincoln Journal-Star, Williams was also fined $1,000 for his latest DUI charge. Williams has until March 3 to apply for house arrest, although prosecutors made a push for Williams to serve his time behind bars after not being locked up for two prior DUI charges.

Nebraska opens spring football practices on March 4. If he is ruled eligible for house arrest, that would allow Williams to continue coaching in the spring. Otherwise, he could have to miss at least some of Nebraska’s spring practices depending on when his jail sentence would begin.

Williams was pulled over for driving under the influence last August with a BAC above .15. Further complicating things was the fact Williams also had two previous convictions for DUI. Nebraska head coach Mike Riley suspended Williams without pay through the end of August and was prohibited from coaching in Nebraska’s first four games of the 2016 season.

Utah survives six turnovers to top BYU in the Holy War

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The first play of the Holy War’s return to the regular season after a multi-year absence turned out to be indicative of the rest of the game.

BYU quarterback Taysom Hill had his pass tipped by a receiver on the Cougars’ first snap, with the ball promptly plucked out the air by linebacker Sunia Tauteoli and returned 41 yards for a pick-six. The tone for the night set right off the bat, both teams seemed to go back-and-forth trying to out do each other in the turnover department.

Utah ended up surviving six giveaways on Saturday night in a wild game that had a little of everything at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Ultimately it resulted in a 20-19 Utes win that was their sixth straight (and perhaps most incredible) in the series from BYU.

Not to be outdone, the Cougars also threw two more interceptions to give the game a remarkable nine turnovers… before the end of the 3rd quarter. Hill finished the night 21-of-39 for 176 yards passing in his final meeting with the team’s in-state rival but couldn’t quite muster a second game-winning drive in as many weeks.

Utah quarterback Troy Williams also threw three interceptions in his first taste of the series but managed to come out on top in the end despite a shaky effort most of the game through the air. The offense pounded away at BYU’s defensive front to the tune of 169 yards on 42 carries but costly fumbles from multiple players hampered the team’s rhythm most of the night.

The wackiness of the game came to a crescendo in late in the 3rd quarter. Cougars safety Kai Nacua, who already had two interceptions on the night, was called for a controversial targeting penalty on a play in which he appeared to turn his shoulder on a hit that was eventually ruled incomplete. On the very next play, BYU picked Williams off and Nacua’s backup, Austin McChesney, was also called for targeting and ejected.

Both players will miss the first half of the team’s game against UCLA next week.

The entire sequence would have been the wacky highlight of the night had the Cougars not gone down in an equally wild ending. Utah kicked a short field goal that proved to be the deciding points late in the 4th quarter but Hill got the ball back wth 2:29 left on the clock. He eventually marched the Cougars down the field in a 13 play, 75 yard drive that would have tied the ball game up had new head coach Kalani Sitake opted to go for two and the win instead of gambling on overtime.

It was a decision he would probably want back as the stingy Utes defense swallowed up Hill on a quarterback draw that sealed the fate of their rivals to the south.

The final sequence was also emblematic of the latest interest (to neutrals, at least) chapter of the Holy War that continues to be one of the best rivalries in the West. Hopefully ball security is taken a little more seriously next year though.

Report: Mich. St. the landing spot for ex-Nebraska DT Kevin Williams

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Michigan State seen its depth along the defensive line take a hit this offseason.  Kevin Williams is in need of a new home.  In the end, it appears this will be a match made in football roster heaven.

While the school has to confirm a consummation, 247Sports.com is reporting that Williams (pictured, No. 92) is expected to sign with MSU and play his remaining football for the Spartans.  The recruiting website writes that “[a] source indicated the pairing is happening and is close to being a done deal from a paperwork standpoint with Williams.”

As Williams would be coming to East Lansing as a graduate transfer, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2016.  This upcoming season will be the defensive tackle’s final year of eligibility.

In November of last year, it was announced that Williams had received a sixth season of eligibility.  Five months later, Williams decided to use that sixth season somewhere other than Nebraska as it was announced in April he’d transfer.

Whether the oft-injured Williams actually takes the field could be another matter entirely.

Williams 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 past season, a groin injury helped limit Williams to eight games.

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 played in a total of 23 games for the ‘Huskers.

Late this past week, MSU announced that Damon Knox, a projected starter at tackle, had decided to leave the program to pursue a career in law enforcement.  Back in April, MSU confirmed that sophomore linemen Craig Evans and Montez Sweat had left the program.