UM fifth-year senior quarterback Ryan Williams, who was slated to be the starter next season before he tore the ACL in his right knee Friday, underwent 90-minute reconstructive surgery Wednesday at UM Hospital.
His mother, Jayne Williams of Pembroke Pines, said the surgery, performed by Dr. Lee Kaplan, “could not have gone better.”
Williams’ mother and his wife, Deanna, said there also was a small tear in the meniscus that doctors told her “will heal on its own.”
Deanna Williams said she was staying overnight in the hospital with Ryan until he is released Thursday.
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“But Thursday he’s going straight to the training room to get it checked out,” Jayne Williams said. “Now he’ll begin moving forward for rehabilitation.
“He’s an amazing kid and is getting so many prayers and so much support from everyone you can imagine, most of whom I’ve never met. I want to thank every single person praying for him.”
She said Ryan is determined to return to the field sometime next season — “he wants to play at Nebraska” (Sept. 20) — and “finish his football career with his best friends and teammates.”
Williams said she was especially grateful to UM for its support. “From the coaches to the trainers to the doctors, UM has taken amazing care of my son.’’
She also said that UM is reaching out to the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson to learn more about his rehabilitation after his ACL surgery.