Earlier this season freshman sensation Josh Clemons went down with a knee injury. Early in yesterday's game, a game where it appeared Kentucky's intent was to feature its running game, sophomore Raymond Sanders went down with an ankle injury.
Williams came into the game and not only performed, but performed well, rushing for a career high 148 yards. It was the first time a Kentucky back had eclipsed the 100 yard mark since Clemons achieved the feat against Central Michigan.
Following the game Kentucky coach Joker Phillips emphasized the importance of Williams coming through for the Wildcats.
Phillips said, "(Williams' performance) was really important, and I mentioned earlier in the week that CoShik had had a really good week – really good two weeks – and it showed up. It was good to see him get some results out of his hard work because he had done a really good job all week. So it's very important. And it was even more important once Raymond went down."
Phillips was asked if the day Williams had rushing the ball was due to Williams or due to improvement in the offensive line. Phillips gave both credit for the improved rushing attack.
Phillips told reporters, "It was a combination. You can't run well as a running back unless the guys are doing their jobs up front. He was making people miss in the secondary once he got there and running through some tacklers, but they did a good job of getting him started, the offensive line did."
The next step for Williams will be to build from this performance and become a regular threat to run for 100 yards and be a factor in UK's rushing attack each game.