Sunday, October 16, 2005

D-Will Derailed, Out for Season With Broken Arm

Derrick Williams will miss the remainder of the 2005 season with a broken arm. This is certainly disheartening and disappointing news, especially coming off such a tough loss to Michigan. I guess the silver-lining here is that unlike last season, PSU has several wide receivers, some who aren't even playing regularly, that can get the job done. Deon Butler, Jordan Norwood and Terrell Golden are a solid three. Obviously they will all face better defensive backs with Williams out but all three have been contributing of late. Ethan Kilmer will likely be the fourth wide receiver with Justin King perhaps seeing a little but of playing time. However, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see the staff almost completely faze out four receiver sets for the remainder of the season. The offense didn't bank everything on the play of Williams so a total collapse will not happen. There are too many good players for that to happen. This is just going to put more pressure on Robinson to keep his mistakes down and the offensive line and the running game. This will almost certainly result in more touches for Tony Hunt both on the ground and through the air. Not neccesary bad news considering Hunt has busted off some nice runs this season and is one of the most underrated players in the Big Ten.

I would be lying if I said losing Derrick Williams wasn't going to have a large impact on the Penn State offense. Williams was the playmaker and opened things up for the other wide receivers and Tony Hunt. The offensive production will suffer but this offense will still score points. Hopefully Williams will make a full recovery and will be ready for spring practice.


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