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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
LB Tre Williams talks injury, Iron Bowl

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN Watch List linebacker Tre Williams (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s), one of the state’s top prospects in 2014, was scheduled to visit the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa over the weekend.

Plans changed.

Tre Williams
ESPN Watch List linebacker Tre Williams has interest in Alabama and Auburn.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Williams suffered a scare on Friday night when he went down with what looked to be a serious knee injury.

“I was on offense,” Williams said. “I was blocking on a screen play, and whoever tackled my teammate, he and my teammate fell into my knee. I heard it pop on the inside of my knee, and they took me out for the rest of the game. They knew something was wrong with my MCL.”

Instead of driving up for the Alabama-Auburn game, Williams stayed in town over the weekend and had his knee examined on Sunday. Fortunately, it was just a slight tear of the MCL, but it could force him to miss his team’s semifinal game on Friday.

“This week I’m trying to get my knee back in shape and get it stronger,” Williams said. “I’m trying to keep my team up because we’re so close to the state championship. I am a provider of the team, but I don’t want it to seem as they’re missing something.

“The young guy behind me has been playing really well. I want him to pick it up. I’m trying to teach him mentally, ‘Hey, you’re going to have to step up,’ because I might not be able to play.”

On Monday, Williams was able to move around a little bit during practice, working on his pass coverage and filling the holes on defense, but there’s no been no indication given on whether or not he can play this Friday.

Despite the injury, the in-state star still watched Saturday’s game between the Crimson Tide and the Tigers. Alabama prevailed in a major way, 49-0.

“A lot of people knew what the outcome of that game was going to be,” Williams said. “To me, it seemed like after the first quarter, Auburn just gave up. It just seemed like they weren’t playing to their fullest.

“Of course Bama, they’re just Bama, they were putting everybody in to get their reps.”

The day after the game, Auburn fired head coach Gene Chizik. The news came as a surprise to Williams, who felt like he wasn’t the only one to blame.

“I didn’t think it was really his fault,” Williams said. “A head coach can only teach his players certain things, but you can’t teach them heart and all that kind of stuff. He basically taught them what he could teach them. I don’t know. I was speechless really.”

Williams, who has scholarship offers from Alabama and Auburn, wants to see who the next AU head coach will be.