No surgery for Gophers' Williams

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 1:38 AM
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The Gophers were worried after tight end Maxx Williams suffered a knee injury in the final minute of Friday’s loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl.

Williams limped to the bus after the game, and the team feared the worst. But coach Jerry Kill said Sunday on his weekly WCCO (830-AM) appearance that Williams’ injury won’t require surgery.

“We certainly didn’t want to lose that kid during [spring practice],” Kill told Sid Hartman and Dave Mona. “We found out it’s not great but not as bad as it was. It won’t require surgery. So that started my new year right. We’re excited that it wasn’t as bad as we thought originally.”

Little clarity on QB competition

The Texas Bowl appeared to throw the quarterback competition wide open for next season between Philip Nelson, Mitch Leidner and, perhaps, Chris Streveler, who redshirted this season. Kill tiptoed around that question on Sunday.

“It’s one of those things that I’m not really going to say a whole lot about,” Kill said. “All that will work out. … I think time will take care of all that, and we’ve got a lot of things that we need to work on. We went through those things [at Northern Illinois] with Chandler [Harnish] and Jordan [Lynch]. And Chandler, a kid that played for me at Northern, had been through some times, and we had to do different things his first year as a sophomore and so forth ... so it all works out.”

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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