“But he’s going to fight back,” Golden told WQAM host Joe Rose during a 19-minute interview.
Golden, who will meet with the rest of the media Tuesday morning after a spring practice session, said Williams, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the scrimmage, was “in great spirits” and not experiencing a lot of swelling.
“We were fairly confident because as a staff we watched it Friday night,” Golden told Rose of the non-contact play in which Williams sustained the injury. “There was no swing of the knee; there was nothing like, ‘Whoa, boy! We’re in trouble.’ We were confident that he was going to be OK.
“It was just one of those freak deals. He was running. So, you don’t know why it happens. I feel badly even talking about it.”
Williams also sustained cartilage damage and will undergo surgery Wednesday, a source revealed to the Miami Herald. He is not expected to return for the start of the season, the source said, but the rest depends on the extent of the injury and how he recovers and rehabs.
Golden told Rose that Williams was the “clear-cut” starter, “there’s no question.”
But the coach said redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, the new projected starter, was “gaining ground” and improving. “Everybody left with a really good feeling for what Kevin could do.”
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“Because of some injuries,” he said, “it’s going to be just offense vs. defense” in a controlled scrimmage type of setup. “We’ll start out with some one-on-ones, then seven-on-sevens, then put the ball in various spots …’’