Darrin Williams long running battle with injuries of the nagging and slightly more troublesome version appears to have run it's course. Williams was forced to retire from Football. I personally hate to see stories like this. Williams is by all accounts a well like a well respected member of the team. This news came out today as camp kicked off but rumors of it have been rumbling since Williams injured his hamstring during off season work outs. Williams was considered by just about everyone to be the top backup to Isaiah Pead coming out of spring Football. Despite Williams being servilely limited through most of Spring Football. According to Bill Koch Williams departure leads the back up competition to be contested between George Winn and Jameel Poteat.
Jameel Poteat, the highly-rated freshman from Harrisburg, Pa., took snaps with the first team today in UC’s first practice of fall camp. He’ll compete with junior George Winn for the backup position behind Pead.
Let's be real George Winn has next to no chance to be the back up this year. No offense to Winn who I really like this spring. But he's a place holder. The fact that Poteat was taking first team reps in his first college practice just illustrates the point.
Poteat and Akise Teage have built a steady buzz through their work in the off season program. And no one who follows the program closely expects either to take a back seat this year. Even before the Williams announcement today it was an assumed fact that Poteat and Teague would play, and play a lot this year as true freshman. Williams being sideline makes that assumption a fact in essence.
As for Darrin he will move on with the next phase of his life getting his degree and acting as a student assistant and a mentor to the young bucks in the backfield. We here at Down The Drive wish Darrin the best of luck going forward.