FRISCO, Texas – Baylor running back Terence Williams could miss the entire nonconference slate with a “significant” shoulder injury, according to head coach Matt Rhule.
Williams suffered the injury during spring practice. It’s a crushing blow to an already shallow running back unit.
“The doctors have tried to be patient with him and make sure he really, really heals,” Rhule said. “Terence has an NFL career head of him at some point and I want to make sure he’s healed before he goes out there.
Despite coming into the year as a reserve, Williams rushed for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns on 5.7 yards per carry. He is the third-leading returning rusher in the Big 12, behind West Virginia’s Justin Crawford and Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill.
With his injury, the Bears only have one healthy scholarship running back on the roster: JaMycal Hasty. He rushed for 623 yards on 5.2 yards per attempt in 2016. Freshman running back Abram Smith is out for the season with a torn ACL.