It wasn't easy for Markel Brown, a junior guard, to hear the news.
"Knowing he was going to be a starter, it's going to hurt bad," Brown said.
Williams, who injured his left wrist during practice, already has one redshirt under his belt, with a medical-redshirt still available.
"In four or five years, he'll be the oldest college basketball player in America," Ford said jokingly.
Last season, Williams averaged 9.6 points per game, playing the majority of his minutes during conference play after a number of injuries and transfers from the Cowboys' squad. Ford said there are a number of possible "candidates" to fill the small forward position, but will wait to name the new starter.