University of Miami fifth-year senior Ryan Williams, who was on course to be the starting quarterback in the fall, will undergo surgery early next week to repair what doctors believe could be a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Miami Herald on Saturday.
Williams, 22, a Miramar High graduate from Pembroke Pines, injured his knee while rolling out during a play in Friday night’s closed scrimmage at Greentree Field — minutes after throwing a 76-yard touchdown to Stacy Coley. The specific knee was not revealed.
An email from UM confirmed the Herald report later Saturday evening. It said Williams sustained a noncontact ACL injury to his right knee Friday night during the Hurricanes’ scrimmage. It also noted that Williams was evaluated by UM’s medical staff Saturday at the University of Miami Hospital and will undergo surgery next week, adding that a timetable for his return is not yet available.
The source told the Miami Herald that Williams was walking without crutches as of Saturday morning but was very stiff and getting the knee iced. It’s unknown whether Williams is out for the season. There is a possibility, depending on the results of his surgery and rehabilitation, that Williams could return to play, the source said.
Left at quarterback to pick up the pieces are second-team redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen and third-string sophomore Gray Crow. UM also has two scholarship quarterbacks arriving this summer: Brad Kaaya of West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade High and Malik Rosier of Faith Academy in Mobile, Ala.
Williams sat out at UM one year after transferring from Memphis, where he started 10 games as a freshman. He played sparingly the past two seasons behind now graduated starter Stephen Morris. In four games last season, Williams completed 68.8 percent of his passes (22 of 32) for 369 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
UM has only two more practices next week before the spring game April 12 at Sun Life Stadium.