Redshirt freshman running back Dae Williams suffered a torn ACL during a Louisville football spring practice last week, news which would seem to make it more likely than not that Williams won’t be available for the 2017 season. Williams’ parents confirmed the news of the injury to The Courier-Journal on Wednesday.
By most accounts, Williams had been one of the breakout stars of the spring. He had scored three touchdowns in a scrimmage and was getting some reps on the first team.
"He had great momentum, and this is disheartening, of course," Williams’ father, Jon, told the C-J. "But I know he's resilient and he has a lot of fight in him, so I expect him to come back and better and improved than he was. I think he'll be great, he'll be fine."
Williams’ injury adds even more questions to a position that was already one of the biggest unknowns for U of L heading into 2017. Brandon Radcliff is gone, Jeremy Smith is back but has sat out all spring with an injury, Malik Williams has been limited while still recovering from the leg injury that cut his 2016 season short, and redshirt sophomore Trey Smith is the only other scholarship back on the roster besides Williams.
Finding an every down back who can keep opposing defenses from keying solely on Lamar Jackson the way Radcliff did last year is of paramount importance before the fall. It’s also a task that just got a little taller with Williams out of the mix.