Arkansas coach Bret Bielema got choked up while talking about freshman running back Rawleigh Williams during Monday’s weekly press conference.
“It will be a work in progress,” Bielema said of Williams, who laid motionless for several minutes after a scary hit during Saturday’s 54-46 four-overtime game against Auburn.
He’s since had surgery and told the world he’s in good spirits. He tweeted, “I am blessed. The doctor explained that I’m very lucky and should fully recover. My family and I are very thankful for your prayers. WooPig.”
Though Bielema said Williams’ season is over, he still may have a future in football.
“He will probably be able to play football again,” said Bielema, who wouldn’t indicate whether Williams’ injury was a fracture or nerve damage.
Bielema sent out a message on Sunday updating the situation.
“Rawleigh underwent successful surgery Saturday night after injuring his neck in the third quarter of yesterday’s game. He is expected to make a full recovery. A timetable for his return to the football field is unclear, but we are thankful that he is doing well and is with his family. Thank you to everyone for the well wishes, thoughts and prayers.”
Offensive coordinator Dan Enos spoke highly of Williams.
“Everyone on the team loves Rawleigh Williams, which will impact the team more than on the field,” Enos said. “The injuries remind us you have to have several players at running back”
Williams ends his season with 254 yards and one touchdown on 56 carries and five receptions for 26 yards.