Jameson Williams Suffers Torn ACL in National Championship Game

By Dan Hope on January 10, 2022 at 10:09 pm
Jameson Williams
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Jameson Williams’ breakout season at Alabama ended with the former Ohio State wide receiver tearing his ACL in the second quarter of the national championship game on Monday night.

As he attempted to make a cut in the Lucas Oil Stadium turf on a 40-yard catch over the middle, Williams’ knee buckled. He immediately grimaced in pain and reached for his knee as he went down to the ground, and had to be helped off the field.

Nick Saban said after the game that Williams actually wanted to return to the game but Alabama’s medical staff would not allow him to do so.

Unfortunately for Williams, an MRI confirmed Tuesday that Williams suffered a torn ACL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter reported that Williams is expected to make a full recovery, though the torn ACL will almost certainly prevent him from working out for NFL teams before the 2022 NFL draft, which he officially declared for on Thursday, and could sideline him for at least part of his rookie season in the league.

The injury serves as an unfortunate end to an All-American season for the former Ohio State wide receiver, who positioned himself to be a first-round draft pick with 79 catches for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

The support he received from his former Ohio State teammates and coaches all season continued after the injury, as a multitude of Buckeyes took to Twitter to send their best wishes to Williams in the minutes following his exit from the game.

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