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Draft Scout Connor Williams News
10/09/17 - OT Connor Williams, who suffered a left knee injury late in the first half against USC, is a week from a real evaluation on the rehab of his sprained MCL, a torn meniscus and sprained PCL. It still appears that Williams could return at some point during conference play if his recovery goes well. There is a debate whether coming back at less than 100 percent would hurt his draft stock, but right now Texas just needs healthy and experienced bodies in the line.
10/02/17 - OT Connor Williams, rated the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com, will not undergo surgery for a knee injury, coach Tom Herman said Monday. Williams suffered an MCL injury at USC on Sept. 16 and did not play in last week's game against Iowa State after a bye. Herman said the left tackle will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks, with a chance to return this season. "Hopefully this conservative approach going without surgery will heal him up the best in the long term," Herman said, per the Dallas Morning News. "(Hopefully) it allows him to get back into uniform here before season's end."
09/21/17 - Aside from the loss, Texas suffered another tough blow with the injury to junior left tackle Connor Williams (6-5, 320, 5.31, #55). He suffered a sprained MCL and PCL in his left knee and also a meniscus tear that requires arthroscopic surgery this week, putting Williams on the shelf for the foreseeable future. An All-American last season, he entered the year as a possible first-round pick, but Williams struggled against Maryland in the opener and now this injury clouds his immediate football future. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/18/17 - Texas T Williams out indefinitely with knee injuries...Texas standout left tackle Connor Williams will be out indefinitely after suffering sprained knee ligaments and a meniscus tear that will require surgery, the school announced Sunday night. Williams, a junior, was rated the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the nation last week by NFLDraftScout.com. Williams suffered the injuries in the second quarter of Saturday's double-overtime loss at then-No. 4 USC. He is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery "in the next week to 10 days," according to the school's release, which added that there was no timetable for his return. He sustained sprains of the medial and posterior collateral ligaments. Williams, a consensus 2016 All-American, is a virtual lock to end the Longhorns' drought of offensive linemen in the NFL Draft. The last Texas offensive lineman selected was Tony Hills in the 2008 fourth round. Texas (1-2) is off this week before playing at Iowa State on Thursday, Sept. 28. - The Sports Xchange
07/11/17 - 2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: OT Connor Williams, Texas,...Williams, a left tackle from Coppell, Texas, continues to garner preseason recognition following standout freshman and sophomore campaigns. He is one of just four offensive linemen to be recognized on the preseason watch list. Williams has played in and started 23 of a possible 24 games through two seasons on the 40 Acres. He was a consensus first-team All-American in 2016, becoming just the fourth sophomore in UT history to receive first-team All-America honors (Hub Bechtol, 1944; Russell Erxleben, 1976 and Earl Thomas, 2009 were the others). He was named first-team All-Big 12 by both the league's coaches and the Associated Press in 2016 and was also a semifinalist for the prestigious Outland Trophy. As a freshman in 2015, Williams was named honorable mention All-Big 12 and was named a first-team freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, USA Today and ESPN. - Texas Football