First, it was not having the option to be a mid-year enrollee and get a full semester head start on his collegiate career.
Second, it was the tearing of knee ligaments toward the end of his prep career at Lovejoy (Ga.) High School.
Then, the NCAA red-flagged an ACT test score, forcing him to miss training camp in August before he regained eligibility.
Preston Williams is past ready to be healthy, be prepared and be in orange. The Tennessee Volunteers want the exact same thing for the Scout No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the 2015 class.
As a freshman, the 6-foot-4, 209-pounder caught seven passes for 158 yards with two touchdowns in eight games played.
In the finale of the spring practice season, Williams caught three passes for 77 yards in front of nearly 70,000 Vols fans at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.
Take a look at Williams' progress by watching another edition of InsideTennessee's "Spring Rewind" above.