Williams, hampered for two weeks by plantar fasciitis, was already practicing some Wednesday in purple; today he was back to regular uniform and in the rotation at right defensive tackle.
The only regular not at full-speed today was CB Chris Nance with a lingering hamstring problem. He still should be playing in relief this week.
Players sidelined today were HB Robert Elliott (ankle) and WR Anthony Summers (groin), neither of whom have played this season.
Also, QB Mike Henig is having no after-effects from the broken throwing hand that sidelined him most of three games. Henig was not effective in his first game back from the injury, going 2-of-8 passing against UAB with two interceptions. And after playing in a glove that game, Henig has worked bare-handed all week.
Coach Sylvester Croom said earlier in the week that he planned to play Henig in relief of starter Wesley Carroll again this weekend. But Thursday the coach was not so certain. "We'll play it by ear," he said of any thought about a quarterback rotation.
Mississippi State will have a short practice Friday afternoon before an evening meal on campus and overnight stay at Columbus. Tennessee is expected to arrive in Starkville tomorrow afternoon and have a walk-through session at Scott Field.