Former Worth County and current Kansas State star Meshak Williams flashes the Wildcat sign as he’s carted off the field after suffering a scary injury during the Cotton Bowl.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Don’t worry all you Meshak Williams fans in Sylvester — it appears the former Rams star is going to be OK.
Williams, a former Albany Herald Dynamite Dozen selection who went on star at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas before landing with Kansas State, was injured late in the first half of the Cotton Bowl late Friday night after helmet-to-helmet contact with a teammate while trying to make a tackle.
But Kansas State officials said late Saturday that Williams, the Wildcats’ star defensive end, had been released from the hospital and then joined the team back at its hotel. They said he was moving all extremities and doing OK.
Williams remained on his back after the play in the closing seconds of the second quarter in the No. 11 Wildcats’ 29-16 loss to seventh-ranked Arkansas.
Medical personnel tended to Williams on the field for several minutes before putting him on a stretcher and then on a cart. Williams gave a thumbs-up signal, then brought K-State fans to their feet in thunderous applause when he also flashed the “WC” sign — which stands for the school’s mascot, the Wildcats — as he was carted off the field.
Williams, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior who started all 12 games this season for Kansas State and had 27 tackles — including a team-high seven sacks — was pursuing Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, who ducked to avoid being hit. Williams then made contact with linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, who was coming from the other side.