Injured RB commit says WSU honoring scholie

IT WASN’T SUPPOSED to end this way for Washington State running back commit James Williams. He felt fully primed for a record-setting senior season but a torn ACL and MCL have derailed those plans. Williams got the heartbreaking news on Wednesday evening, but a phone call to area recruiter Paul Volero shortly after helped raise his spirits, he tells Cougfan.com.

“I’m still planning on going to Wazzu,” Williams told me. “I called him (Volero) and I told him. He told me to get better and that the next time I play football, it will be when I get up there. That’s the positive out of all this.”

Williams went down with a knee injury in Burbank’s season opener against Bell Garden on Sept. 5. Last night, the results of an MRI revealed that he had torn both the ACL and MCL. The LA Times first reported the news. And just like that, his senior season came to an end.

AS A JUNIOR last season, Williams rushed for 1,503 yards and 22 touchdowns. He added 491 yards and five more scores through the air, and a total of 2,350 all-purpose yards, an all-time school record.

One of his goals this season was to gain at least two more rushing yards - the Burbank single-season rushing record is 1,504 hashes (Ulises Ochoa, 2009).

He chose the Cougars over offers from Cal and Arizona back in May.

“I’m grateful I committed when I did,” said the LA Daily News Preseason All-Area Football Team member. “I feel blessed and I’m very happy because when the doctor told me I was done, it hurt. After I spoke with Coach Volero on the phone, I felt a lot better because I know this isn’t my last chance.

“Please believe I’m going to work harder than ever and I will come back stronger than ever and get to Wazzu and ball.”




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