It was just eight months ago that Kentucky running back Boom Williams was on the same Commonwealth Stadium turf clutching his injured elbow in the season finale against Louisville.
As of Thursday, the junior star has been given a clean bill of health after surgery and rehab that took up much of his offseason.
“Everything is fine,” Williams said during UK’s Media Day on Friday. “I’m 100 percent. I’ll be ready to go for the first practice today, so it should be very fun to go out there and do all the things my teammates are doing. Just be able to go out there and practice and get back in a rhythm of the game.”
Williams, who led the Cats in rushing last season with 121 carries for 855 yards and six touchdowns in just 10 games, said it was difficult to sit out and miss so much of the spring.
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But his coaches think the player, who is on several national watch lists this summer, was engaged enough in the spring that he’ll be able to make an immediate impact in camp.
“The biggest thing is for him to get through this camp healthy, learn it because he didn’t get 15 practices,” said offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, who also coaches the running backs. “He got spurts of it, but he didn’t get to be in the bullets. He’s got to make sure he understands and he can protect our quarterback when need be and that he can understand the run game and all that.”