The Ohio St. Buckeyes went without defensive end Nathan Williams in Week 2 against Central Florida, after he left the game against Miami University in Week 1. Williams was reportedly out after feeling some soreness in his right knee, believed to be some after-effects of his microfracture surgery. As it turns out, that's not the case, according to Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch.
It turns out that the effects of the microfracture surgery didn't keep him out of the Central Florida game. Early in the Miami game, Williams was hit in the knee by the helmet of a Miami running back.
Williams returned in Week 3 against the California Golden Bears and played 60-plus snaps. Now, facing a much easier matchup against the UAB Blazers on Saturday, Williams says he's 100 percent and ready to return. There still may be some adjustment period, but it would be more due to rust and not due to any kind of knee injury.
The Buckeyes hope that Williams will be a big factor on the defensive side of the ball. He's got some excellent pass-rushing moves and he's used all over the defensive line. They're clearly a better team when he's playing, so it's good to see that he believes he's 100 percent heading into this game against unranked UAB, in which the Buckeyes are significant favorites.