Football: John Williams gets sixth year
By Scott Wright
Oklahoma defensive end John Williams has received a hardship waiver from the NCAA and has been granted a sixth season of athletics eligibility.
The 6-5, 249-pound Williams started three games of the 2007 season, but suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in the fourth game at Tulsa and missed the remainder of the campaign.
This is decent news for OU, considering Williams is an experienced player who understands the defense and can provide depth.
But unfortunately for Williams, it will be tough for him to get on the field much.
“We’re excited to have John back for another season,” OU head coach Bob Stoops said. “We’ve felt for some time that John is an excellent player. He was off to a great start before the injury. I know he’s looking forward to making a strong contribution for us next season.”
But Stoops already has Big 12 sacks leader Auston English returning, along with sophomore-to-be Jeremy Beal, who made drastic improvements late in the season. Then there’s Alan Davis, who filled in admirably when Williams and English were out.
Of course, the Sooners plan to sign Texas high school stud R.J. Washington, who could have the biggest immediate impact of anyone in OU’s signing class. And let’s not forget Frank Alexander and Jontae Bumpus, two highly regarded recruits who redshirted last year.
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