Williams remains optimistic about future

Sharif Williams is one a different course to Arizona, but he remains optimistic about. Read on to see what he says about his injury, how he will approach it, and more.

At the time of his commitment, Fresno (Calif.) Central East defensive lineman Sharif Williams appeared to be one of the crown jewels of the 2014 UA football recruiting class.

While he was a highly rated prospect, the 330-pound nose tackle also played a position that UA has been thin at for years.

Then on national television early last season Williams suffered an unimaginable leg injury that, to an outsider, immediately called into question his football future.

Fortunately for Williams, the UA coaching staff never wavered in their commitment to him.

"When I got hurt, after a while I started wondering what was going to be next," Williams said. "But the coaches were really cool. They said they liked me regardless and they wanted me to rehab and get ready to play college football."

The UA staff's patience completely sold Williams on the merits of attending Arizona.

"They've been with me from the beginning and, along with my teammates and coaches, have been helping me throughout."

In order to recover more, Williams will greyshirt and arrive to campus in January.

"Even though I'm getting to Arizona a semester later, the coaches have already talked about getting me with the strength coaches," Williams said. "I'm doing everything I can right now, but it will just be different working each day with trained pros. I'm ready to get going."

While Williams is grateful for the faith the coaching staff has shown in him, he plans on paying the favor back.

"I've got quite a bit of time before I get back on the field, so in the meantime I'm going to work as hard as possible to reshape my body and get back out there," he said.

"I plan on making a big impact in my career at Arizona and showing everybody that no injury is too big to come back from."

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