D-Will Back for a Bowl?

Teammate and captain Michael Robinson says injured Lion freshman receiver Derrick Williams is shooting to be back in action in time for Penn State's bowl game.

When Penn State freshman sensation Derrick Williams sustained a broken left arm in an Oct. 15 game at Michigan, it was generally assumed he was lost for the entire season.

But the speedy receiver has been telling friends that he intends be back in action in time for Penn State's bowl game. Nittany Lion senior quarterback Michael Robinson said the doctors will have to make the final call on that. But from what the QB has seen recently, he would not rule it out.

“He's definitely working hard toward it,” Robinson said Wednesday. “He was out running yesterday. He has fresh legs, the arm looked great.”

Williams' arm was in a sling for PSU's Oct. 29 home win over Purdue. But the sling was gone when he was on the sideline for the Wisconsin game last weekend.

During a conference call last week, Penn State senior defensive back Alan Zemaitis hinted that Williams might try to make it back for a bowl game.

“I'm hoping I can get another game with him because the fire he brings to the table is something Penn State needs,” Zemaitis said.

In seven games this season, Williams had 22 catches for 289 yards and one score. He also had 22 carries for 105 yards and three TDs.

Penn State will most likely play in a bowl on Jan. 2 or Jan. 3, roughly two and a half months after Williams injured his arm. At the time, PSU sports information announced Williams would miss three to four months of action. He had what was described as "minor" surgery on his arm Oct. 20, according to a report in the Daily Collegian.


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