WSU Photo of the Weekend

LEWISTON -- This photo taken Sunday for Cougfan.com by Rod Commons may look like a pretty straight-forward practice shot. But for the guy at the center of it -- Cougar freshman running back James Williams -- there's nothing routine about it.

Williams, you see, lost virtually all of his 2014 senior season at Burbank (Calif.) High with an ACL tear, going down in Week Two.

He had verbally committed to WSU three months before the injury, choosing the Cougars over offers from Cal, Arizona and others, but "when the doctor told me I was done" he thought his scholarship was gone too.

When then-WSU assistant coach Paul Volero called to assure him the scholarship offer stood, Williams told CF.C at the time that he was "blessed" because he knew he would get another chance to step on the field.

Despite the injury, the 5-11, 185-pound Williams remained in Scout.com's top 10 for running backs on the West Coast throughout the 2015 recruiting cycle. That lofty rating was driven by junior and sophomore seasons in which he collectively scored 46 TDs and rushed for nearly 3,000 yards.

“Please believe I’m going to work harder than ever and I will come back stronger than ever and get to Wazzu and ball,” he told CF.C following surgery to repair the knee..

Based on the photo above, he appears to be off to a good start.


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