Published Wednesday, August 21, 2013 AT 6:30 PM / Updated at 6:30 PM
Williams’ injury tugs at Randle’s heart
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Kevin Williams already has suffered two major knee injuries since coming to Nebraska, and will miss this season after head coach Bo Pelini disclosed the latest one back on Saturday.

Few could feel his pain more than one of his fellow defensive tackles, Thad Randle, who had been trying to mentor some of his young Husker colleagues like Williams and has gone through his own gamut of knee problems.

“Kevin’s a person who was going to do great things this year,” Randle said Tuesday. “We’re going to miss him a lot. We pray for him, we’re going to miss him, but I’m going to be there every step along the way because I know how that thing goes.”

Williams, a sophomore who was fighting for a starting job, can even look to Randle for inspiration. The senior has twice undergone surgery on his right knee, limiting him to six games in 2011, constantly bothering him last season and keeping him out of spring practice this year.

We’ll have more in Thursday’s paper on Randle, who recalls his own frustration coming out in the past: “I was just like, ‘Dang, when am I going to get better?’ But I just tried to stick it out the best I could.”

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