Running back Williams will miss season with injury

True freshman running back Toney Williams will miss the upcoming season after suffering a torn ACL last week during offseason workouts, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin said.

Williams impressed coaches during spring drills, however the Atlanta native might have been headed for a redshirt even before last week's injury.

Tennessee returns senior tailback Montario Hardesty and sophomore Tauren Poole, while highly touted recruits Bryce Brown, the nation's top overall player according to, and David Oku have arrived on campus.

Williams is expected to undergo surgery in the near future.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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atomicvet62 writes:

Best of luck Toney,sure hope that all goes well with your surgery.

WalkingClassic writes:

Old news!! This was reported on Volquest and 3SIB last friday!

newtonrail writes:

in response to WalkingClassic:

Old news!! This was reported on Volquest and 3SIB last friday!

This is one story I have to agree KNS sat on, and I don't agree he would have necessarily red shirted. It would have depended on how Brown and Oku do in fall camps plus injuries. Hardesty has been very injury prone and that only leaves Poole on Scholy, except Frosh.

utmdm writes:

Get well soon Tony. Want to see you on the field for the Big Orange.

gohawks1 writes:

Williams was really impressive during the spring. I hope he has a speedy recovery and finds himself back on the field asap.

the10sevol writes:

toney will be getting to know coach ausmus very, very well. good luck and a speedy rehab, toney!

teampenny#658108 writes:

Always rough to be knock out of your sport. Keep your head up. Best of luck to you in the future. Go Vols

utvolz#637682 writes:

Here's wishing you a full and speedy recovery Toney. Work hard and get ready to give your all for Tennessee!

orangebloodgmc writes:

We've known this for days. Adams is pathetic. He should see if he could be retrained in a new line of work that he's never done, like sports editing or something.

finn writes:

I'm sorry to about Toney's injury. I hope the recovery goes well and he comes back even stronger after rehab with AA (strength coach, not the booze!)

kennypowers writes:

in response to MagicMan:

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Maybe you should just choose another team to root for.

cmoore7 writes:

I really thought Toney would emerge as the Lendale-type back in the offense. He may still. Speedy recovery

TrouserCough writes:

It is old news "news" sentinel, but it still sucks

givehim6 writes:

To bad TW hope you get well by 2010. Thank goodness for redshirts.

MidTennVol writes:

Hang in there, Toney. Everything happens for a reason. Work hard, excel in your studies, and your time will come.

LOTS of guys in the NFL who tore their A's in college.

All the best.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

in response to MagicMan:

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Hey loser - You posted this 10 times before.

Arrests: Meyer 24
Kiffin 0

Volunatic writes:

I feel bad for him. He put a lot of effort in to be an early contributor for the Vols, and this is a rough turn of events.
However, if he maintains a good attitude and works hard at recovering/getting stronger, I don't doubt that he will be a Vol star in the future.

ballewville6 writes:

this is exactly why you recruit several runningbacks but i expected him to be a redshirt this season anyways not because he didnt want to endure 6 or 7 losses because the fool that said that had s--t in his mouth ,id bet my house tennessee goes 8-4 or 7-5 i really think they will go 9-3 because the last time tennessee had loseing record the next season they improved alot

Madkels writes:

Hang in there Toney. We Vol fans in Alpharetta/Cumminng are here for ya!

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