August 27, 2007

Rod: Reed Williams 'tweaked' should be ok

MORGANTOWN - Rich Rodriguez revealed on his segment of Monday's Big East teleconference that No. 1 middle linebacker Reed Williams "tweaked" an elbow Friday in practice and that his back-up, Bobby Hathaway, was going to the doctor today for further study of an injured hand.

Rod said that Williams, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound two year starter from Moorefield, would be limited this week with Western Michigan six days away. Hathaway, a 6-1, 230-pound senior from nearby Carmichaels, Pa., has a broken hand in a cast and will be re-evaluated today.

At least Williams, who moved from the strongside to the middle in the spring, should be game ready, according to his coach. He accumulated 57 tackles, 5 for sacks, in 2006.

"The rest of the guys are pretty much back. We should be healthy coming into the game," said the seventh-year head coach.

The lamentable injuries further chip away at the linebacking corps, which is probably the deepest position on the team. Already, weakside linebacker James Thomas is sitting out and awaiting a preliminary hearing regarding a charge of transporting stolen goods. Ovid Goulbourne has been suffering the effects of a pulled hamstring and Marc Magro overcame mononucleosis last week.

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