TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Before Alabama rolled over Kentucky 34-6 on Saturday night in Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tim Williams reached out to Reuben Foster because Williams felt like he had let the team down after his arrest early Thursday.
“We talked before the game, and I was telling (Williams) that he can’t let that get to him and he needed to keep me hyped,” Foster told reporters after the game.
Williams, who was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, was suspended for the first half against Kentucky and won’t face additional punishment, coach Nick Saban said after the game.
The linebacker did play in the second half and made his presence known. In one half of work, Williams had 4 tackles, 3 of those for losses, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 sack and a forced fumble.
Despite him stuffing the stat sheet, defensive end Jonathan Allen said Williams may have been happier when he was on the bench. Williams was Alabama’s biggest cheerleader in the first half when he couldn’t play.
“He was so energetic and happy for everybody,” Allen told reporters. “You couldn’t tell he wasn’t playing. He probably was happier than he was in the second half.
“I swear he made almost every play in the second half. That’s what it felt like. Tim is a hell of a player.”
It shouldn’t be too surprising to see Williams make an immediate impact as soon as he hit the field. After all, Williams was listed No. 1 on ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.’s big board for the 2017 NFL draft in the preseason.
Fellow linebacker Rashaan Evans said Williams being in the backfield all night is just another example of his other worldly abilities.
“That’s just the type of player Tim is,” Evans told reporters. “It doesn’t matter what time he gets in or how many plays he plays, he’s going to make an impact every time he gets in.”