The fans chanted his name, begging him to get up before silence filled Commonwealth stadium. But Kentucky sophomore running back Boom Williams was hit hard with 6:18 left in the first half Saturday night against Tennessee and was forced to exit the game.
SEC Network’s Maria Taylor reported that Williams had an X-ray on his elbow. At the beginning of the second half, analysts Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer reported that Williams’ night was finished. Also injured in the game Saturday was Kentucky wide receiver Joey Herrick.
Boom Williams and Joey Herrick done for the night. Boom elbow injury. Herrick right knee
— Big Blue Insider (@bigblueinsider1) November 1, 2015
Williams was down for quite some time after Tennessee junior Marquez North tackled him on the Tennessee two-yard line, as the Wildcats made a deep push for a touchdown they eventually got. After Kentucky coach Mark Stoops took the field to check on Williams, the running back immediately hobbled into the locker room to be evaluated further. Just minutes earlier, Williams had left the game with a hurt arm, but was able to return.
It’s not certain how long the Wildcats will be without Williams, but they’ll have to get creative as long as he’s on the sidelines. Williams is a powerhouse, whom they rely on heavily to spark the run game — without him, the entire dynamic could be off.