Ryan Williams, who tore his ACL during spring practice and underwent reconstructive surgery April 9, practiced sparingly Tuesday.
He threw some passes during drills and very gingerly dropped back a couple of times. But mostly he watched the other quarterbacks compete for the starting job he waited three seasons to earn before getting hurt.
“They’ve worked so hard this summer,’’ he said.
He said he’s running straight ahead but “still not fully able to do everything.’’
“Any type of injury [stinks], especially something as major as this,’’ he said. “Sometimes ACL’s keep people out for years, sometimes it ruins whole careers. Hopefully I can get back sooner. The six-month mark is usually a good time telling you you’re fully healthy.’’
Does he still hope to be back by the Sept. 20 Nebraska game, his original goal?
“I’m aiming to play when I become healthy,’’ he said.
Williams said he’s impressed with graduate transfer Jake Heaps, and is supportive of Kevin Olsen, reportedly suspended for the first game.
“We can’t really talk about it,’’ he said. “But it’s something he’s going to get through. ... He has a good mindset. It’s something he can’t change. He’s going to try to work as hard as he can through camp and see what happens.’’