For the first time since October, Rawleigh Williams III is back on the gridiron.
The Arkansas running back, who sustained a neck injury in late October that immediately required surgery, participated in spring practice Tuesday and expressed optimism about his future.
“I feel like this year can propel me to do some really good things,” Williams said, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Tom Murphy. “In terms of me, when they said I was cleared, I was ready to go. God is good. I’m healthy, and I can do everything now.”
Williams added that he’s felt healthy for about two months. The injury, which he said nearly took “everything” away from him, required surgery and forced him to wear a neck brace for six weeks.
“It’s good to see Rawleigh out here,” Razorbacks wide receiver Keon Hatcher told Murphy. “He went through something really serious, so to see him back competing for the starting running back spot means a lot. That thing being so serious, and having the faith and strength to come back from that, it’s really awesome.”
Williams has been cleared for full practice, but according to Murphy, coach Bret Bielema has decided the sophomore will wear a no contact jersey until the fall. The former three-star recruit tallied 56 carries for 254 yards and a touchdown in 2015.