Williams to West Virginia
By John Murphy, Yahoo Sports
July 14, 2006
Williams, who missed spring drills while recovering from knee surgery, must sit out the upcoming 2006 season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining once he joins the Big East powerhouse.
The Mountaineers are not only favored to capture the Big East title but they are also expected to challenge for this season's BCS championship game.
"Whatever is best for Willie, I will be in favor of," Miami head coach Larry Coker said in a statement released by the school last Tuesday.
Williams played mostly as a backup linebacker and on coverage units last year, but he felt a little out of place when he was not able to practice and compete for increased playing time in the spring.
Williams' transfer plans fit perfectly for the Mountaineers, whose current starting weak-side linebacker – Kevin McLee – is a senior. McLee's departure will leave the position open for Williams to win next spring.
Williams may recognize at least one familiar face when he arrives on the West Virginia campus as current Mountaineers junior wide receiver/quarterback Dwayne Thompson was also a highly recruited prospect out of Dade County in Miami.
ATKINS HEADED TO BETHUNE-COOKMAN
Recently granted his release from Florida, cornerback Avery Atkins will resurface at Bethune-Cookman. Atkins, who had some off-field issues in Gainesville involving his then-girlfriend, was scheduled to be one of Florida's starting cornerbacks this season. At 5-11 and 190, he has excellent size and showed the ability to play aggressive, man-to-man coverage. He likely would have earned All-SEC honors over the next few years. The transfer to the MEAC program fits very well for Atkins since he is a native of Daytona Beach, where his new school is located. He will be considered a sophomore this season and have three years of eligibility remaining at the Division I-AA program.
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Updated on Saturday, Jul 15, 2006 12:30 am, EDT