Since the Kentucky Wildcats' season ended, one unanswered question has been the status of star running back Boom Williams.
After missing one game this season due to an elbow injury, Williams hurt the same elbow during the regular-season finale against Louisville. He injured it on the final play of the first quarter and was later declared out for the rest of the game. It turns out Williams didn't further injure the elbow to the point he'll be missing significant time this offseason.
Per Jon Hale of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Williams' injury isn't serious and he should be ready for spring football.
A UK spokeswoman confirmed Williams does not need surgery after re-injuring his elbow in the regular-season finale against Louisville and he should be healthy for spring practice. If the injury does not linger, Williams likely enters the 2016 season as the clear No. 1 player on the roster. Williams ranked second in the SEC in yards per carry (7.1) this season and was the league’s only running back with at least 50 carries to average more than seven yards per carry.
Williams totaled 37 yards and one touchdown on seven carries before being forced out of the game with an injury to that right elbow. Williams initially injured the elbow against Tennessee on Oct. 31, but missed just one game before returning to the field against Vanderbilt sporting a brace on the elbow.
For the second consecutive season, Boom led UK in rushing with 855 yards and six touchdowns on 121 carries. He led the Wildcats in rushing as a freshman with 486 yards and five touchdowns on 74 carries. If he's healthy next season, he'll easily be one of the most explosive players in the SEC and someone that could carry UK's offense. He showed flashes of being able to do so this season, but never had the endurance to run the ball effectively for four quarters.