Originally created 08/25/04

Miami recruit Willie Williams goes down with injury

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami Hurricanes top recruit Willie Williams sprained his right knee in Tuesday's practice, but may have further examinations to determine its severity.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker, considered the nation's top prep defensive player, was caught up in a pileup near the end of the practice.

He walked off the field under his own power, but with a noticeable limp, after being examined on the field.

Miami spokesman Rick Korch didn't know if further tests will be required.

It has been a little less than a month since Williams was allowed to enroll in late June after a University of Miami panel recommended that the school admit the Parade All-American, whose arrest record dates back to 1999.

The Hurricanes open the season Sept. 6 against Florida State, but Williams' status for that game is still unknown. He faces several academic conditions that may cause him to miss several early games. The conditions were part of his enrollment and he must maintain them to remain with the Hurricanes.

He pleaded no contest earlier this summer in two separate episodes that occurred in Gainesville during his official visit to Florida. He faced a felony count of setting off fire extinguishers at his hotel, along with a misdemeanor battery charge for hugging a woman without consent. Each plea resulted in a year's probation for Williams.

Williams had shown flashes of excellence on the field this fall, while working at both outside and middle linebacker.


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