Williams on the Mend

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams is ahead of schedule in his rehab process after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip in February.

The senior quarterback received a progress update during a checkup with doctors on Monday.

“I wasn’t supposed to come back to summer workouts until maybe late July, but now it’s June 1,” Williams said. “So it’s been great for me. Thing have been going good. I don’t feel any pain. I was ready to go two days out of surgery, honestly.”

The Charlotte, N.C. native said he had also suffered some chips in his hip bone, prompting doctors to shave down the bone during the surgical process.

Williams initially hurt his hip during UNC’s 34-27 win at Pittsburgh on Nov. 16, 2013 when he was hit by defensive tackle Aaron Donald on a screen pass to tight end Eric Ebron.

He said he wasn’t concerned with the injury following the 2013 season and thought it would heal up similar to a bruise. After the pain lingered, Williams finally had his hip checked out, which is when he learned that he had suffered a partial tear in his labrum.

While the injury never limited him in games, the athletic training staff held him out of conditioning drills on Fridays last fall to keep him fresh for game day.

“It wasn’t so big, but I wanted to get it fixed and go into my last season and have no worries about anything,” Williams said.

Williams completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 3,068 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2014. He also rushed for a team-high 788 yards and 13 touchdowns on 193 carries.

“I’ve played [with the injury] for two years,” Williams said while joking with reporters. “Now I’m a healthy man, so I’m going to be dangerous.”

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