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Delton Williams returns to Michigan State practice today

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As expected, Michigan State running back Delton Williams is back with the Spartans for fall camp, in plenty of time to get in shape for the start of the 2015 college football season in East Lansing. Williams was recently reinstated by head coach Mark Dantonio, allowing him to get on the practice field today, and his return has teammates buzzing.

“Delton coming back means a lot, and I’m glad he got another chance,” Michigan State quarterback Damion Terry said in a story published by MLive.com. Terry is a former high school teammate of Williams. “I think people have learned about the other side of his story, and his upbring and where he’s from.”

Williams was suspended by the program in March following a traffic incident with a firearm charge. He was left off the spring roster, seemingly putting his future with the program in jeopardy.

Williams appeared in 13 games for Michigan State last season, in which he rushed for 316 yards and five touchdowns. Both of those numbers were good for third on the team behind Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill. With both having moved on, Williams is Michigan State’s leading rusher returning in 2015.

Mark Dantonio says RB Delton Williams will return for fall camp after firearms charge

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Michigan State running back Delton Williams is expected to return to the team in time for fall camp. The school announced the timeline through a released statement early Monday evening. This was suspected to eventually be the case earlier this month.

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said Williams “has satisfied the University’s, court’s and football program’s expectations.” Michigan State confirmed Williams violated a university ordinance by possessing a weapon on campus last March. He has been away from the program since that time after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor firearms charge stemming from a road rage incident.

“Delton comprehends the severity of the situation and understands that decisions have consequences,” Dantonio went on to say in his statement. “He also appreciates the fact that wearing the Michigan State uniform is a privilege and not his right.”

Dantonio is spot on with that last statement, and it holds true in every football program around the country. What is unknown at this time though is whether or not Williams will miss any playing time as well. No information regarding any potential suspensions to be served during the season was revealed, although Dantonio could very well be asked about that later this week at Big Ten media days.

Williams appeared in 13 games for Michigan State last season, in which he rushed for 316 yards and five touchdowns. Both of those numbers were good for third on the team behind Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill. With both having moved on, Williams is Michigan State’s leading rusher returning in 2015.

Report: RB Delton Williams could return to Spartans this month

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After being left off the spring roster, running back Delton Williams may be preparing to return to the Spartans football program in time for the 2015 season.

Per a story from MLive.com this morning, it is expected Williams will return to the Spartans as early as this month, although the school and head coach Mark Dantonio have not commented on the running back’s status since his initial suspension. Williams was not enrolled in classes as of the middle of June after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor firearms charge as a result of a road rage incident in March.  If Williams does rejoin the program within the month, he will be back in Eats Lansing in enough time to participate in fall camp, which could help him be ready for the start of the season.

Williams appeared in 13 games for Michigan State last season, in which he rushed for 316 yards and five touchdowns. Both of those numbers were good for third on the team behind Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill. With both having moved on, Williams is Michigan State’s leading rusher returning in 2015.

Future of RB Delton Williams at Mich. St. remains murky

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Following a firearms-related arrest back in March, Delton Williams was left off Michigan State’s spring roster.  Whether Williams gets back on the roster for the fall and beyond remains to be seen.

Using information gleaned from the university’s registrar office, mlive.com is reporting that “Williams is not currently taking classes during the summer term nor is he enrolled in any future semesters.” While Williams pleaded guilty to a reduced charge stemming from what was described as a road-rage incident, the website writes, he “violated MSU’s weapons ordinance and was subject to the school’s student judicial process, which is independent of any criminal court proceedings.”

Because the findings of that body are confidential, it’s unclear if the lingering suspension and non-enrollment are part of that judicial process.

There are some extenuating circumstances to the legal situation that could play a role in Williams’ potential return, though. The victim in the road-rage incident asked the university not to kick Williams out of school after he became aware of the fact that the running back lost a brother and close friend to murders that remain unsolved.

Still, it doesn’t appear that any decision on Williams’ future is in the offing in the near future.

“It will not be Mark (Dantonio‘s) decision; any time you have an issue like that, it’s a collective decision,” MSU athletic director Mark Hollis said last week. “To this point, Mark and, frankly, Delton, have handled it extremely well, but it’s a very serious concern.

“It will be a collaborative decision at the end of the day.”

Williams was third on the Spartans last season with 316 rushing yards and five touchdowns.  With leading rusher Jeremy Langford‘s departure for the NFL, Williams has been expected to be a significant part of replacing the lost production.

Troubled Spartans not on Michigan State’s spring roster

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Michigan State opened spring practices today, and two players that got caught up in some legal trouble this offseason were nowhere to be found.

Running back Delton Williams and wide receiver Macgarrett Kings were not listed on the spring roster as practice opened up. There was no comment from head coach Mark Dantonio, other than to say any player not appearing on the roster is in limbo.

Williams had previously been suspended indefinitely by the program after reportedly being arrested for allegedly brandishing a firearm in a road rage incident. Last season Williams finished the year with 316 rushing yards and five touchdowns for the Big Ten East contenders. Williams was expected to compete for a key role in the offense running the football following the departure of Jeremy Langford.

Kings was arrested and charged with drunken and disorderly conduct recently after allegedly kicking a parking enforcement truck and resisting arrest. For Kings, it was the second time in the past year. He also missed time last spring for an alcohol-related offense. If he does become available, he could compete for a role in the passing game, but his future for now is to be considered in some doubt until the legal process plays out.