It was a scary evening for Darryl Williams and the Mississippi State football family.
The outcome of the Bulldogs’ crushing 40-38 loss to Kentucky in Lexington aside, the Mississippi State contingency was playing with heavy hearts after Williams had to be removed from the field on a stretcher during the third quarter.
The offensive lineman was on the ground, with teammates and opponents huddled around offering thoughts, prayers and encouragement, for more than 10 minutes. Medical officials removed the face mask from his helmet and carefully maneuvered him onto a stretcher for transport to the nearby UK hospital for further evaluation.
The university released a statement just minutes later assuring everyone Williams was able to move all extremities.
In the hours following the loss, Mississippi State associate athletic director Bill Martin provided an encouraging update on Williams via Twitter:
@HailStateFB Darryl Williams is doing fine. He & some of AT staff waiting on test results, which takes a few hours. They'll fly back in AM.
— Bill Martin (@MSUBillMartin) October 23, 2016
After what we all witnessed Saturday evening, this is extremely good news.