UNLV Loses Top Rusher of 2016 to Season-ending Surgery
With the UNLV Rebels losing Charles Williams to an ankle injury, they’ll rely heavily on Lexington Thomas for the remainder of 2017.
Ohio State is next on the UNLV schedule. The Rebels will face the Buckeyes without Charles Williams.
The UNLV football Rebels will be a little short-handed when they travel to Columbus to face the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 23rd. Sophomore running back Charles Williams will miss the rest of 2017 thanks to ankle surgery. He was injured in UNLV’s 43-40 season-opening loss to Howard.
This is a significant blow to the Rebels’ rushing attack. Whatever headlines could be captured by UNLV last season usually involved Williams. As a true freshman, the 5-foot-9, 185 lbs, Fresno, California, product led UNLV on the ground. He racked up 763 yards, tops on the team, and found the end zone three times.
This year he picked up where he left off. Before leaving the Howard game he carried the ball 12 times for 93 yards and a touchdown. He was quickly ruled out for last Saturday’s game at Idaho.
Williams’ injury is early enough in the season that he will likely receive a medical redshirt. If that is granted he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the field in 2018.
For now, this news means that Rebels head coach Tony Sanchez will be relying more on junior running back Lexington Thomas. Thomas, with Williams, was listed at number one on the UNLV depth chart before the season began.
Against Howard he carried the ball 21 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns. As the top option Saturday against the Vandals those numbers jumped to 190 yards and three scores.
UNLV will be off this week. Next Saturday’s game at Ohio State is scheduled for a 9am PT kickoff.