Texas LT Connor Williams status unclear after knee injury

Posted September 17th, 2017


LOS ANGELES — All-American tackle Connor Williams leaned on crutches on the Texas sideline having been reduced to a bystander in UT’s 27-24 double-overtime win against No. 4 USC.

Unfortunately for the Longhorns, Williams could be out far longer. A team spokesman said there would be no injury update on Sunday. Texas coach Tom Herman is scheduled to meet with reporters at noon Monday.

Williams’ loss would be a devastating blow for UT’s offensive line and may change the offensive unit’s capabilities for the rest of the season.


Tristan Nickelson and Denzel Okafor had been rotating at right tackle in the first two-plus games. After Williams went down, Nickelson went to left tackle and Okafor played on the right side.

There is little depth behind them as Patrick Hudson is already lost for the year with a torn knee ligament. Elijah Rodriguez also suffered a broken ankle in August.

“Obviously, Connor’s an incredible player and everybody in the country knows that,” quarterback Sam Ehlinger said. “Next man up, though. The way we moved around up front, they did a great job. Couldn’t have asked for a better performance from guys off the bench.”

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