Running back CoShik Williams has played his last play at Kentucky.
Coach Joker Phillips announced that the former walk-on turned starter has a torn labrum that will end the fifth-year senior’s college playing career.
“After getting the MRI back, he has a torn labrum in his hip,” Phillips said Wednesday morning. “He’ll have that repaired as soon as possible. He’s out after playing a game and 14 plays.”
Williams told his fellow running backs and several seniors on Tuesday.
“The guy’s worked so hard,” Phillips said of Williams. “The guy came here as a non-starter and then worked his tail off to get to be a starter, and now he’s out for the rest of the season.”
Injuries last season forced Williams into the starting spot, where he thrived, rushing 118 times for 486 yards and three touchdowns. Hampered by injury this season, the 5-foot-9 senior from Hiram, Ga., had run 14 times for 66 yards.
UK will rely on junior running backs Jonathan George (35 carries for 182 yards) and Raymond Sanders (40 carries for 260 yards) to carry the bulk of the rushing load. True freshman Dyshawn Mobley (14 carries, 70 yards) also has been making strides.
“Next man up,” Phillips said. “That’s the attitude we have to take. Those guys have done a good job that have been in there.”
Justin Taylor, another true freshman running back, had been slated to redshirt this season and probably still will.
The news about Williams comes just two days after UK announced that starting quarterback Maxwell Smith probably will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left ankle. It was surgically repaired Tuesday.