More on Boom’s return, elbow injury

Just two weeks after hurting his elbow in what looked like a horrific injury, Kentucky’s Boom Williams is going to give it a go on Saturday at Vanderbilt with a supportive brace protecting his right elbow.

So far so good on carries this week for Williams, Coach Mark Stoops said.

“He’s looked fine. He really has,” the head coach said of Williams, who leads the Cats’ ground game with 85 carries for 563 yards nad three touchdowns in seven games. “He had some good practices. He didn’t have anything that set him back all week. He took some decent shots.”

Stoops had plenty of questions for the UK medical staff at the start of the week about Williams and the protective apparatus covering the injured elbow.

“What was explained to me is the hard part of the brace is on the outside; on the inside there are some straps,” Stoops said. “But Boom can carry it in either hand and he can carry it in the hand with the brace. Doesn’t seem to affect him.”

The one thing for Williams, who can’t get full extension on that arm, will be managing a certain level of pain.

The return of Williams to the starting lineup certainly has caught the attention of Vanderbilt’s coaches.

“Getting Boom back was huge,” head coach Derek Mason said.
“Boom is dynamic in terms of what he does because he’s able to give them a run presence that allows them to be balanced in what they do. … Extremely shifty in space. He gives you problems.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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