Safety Williams' ca­reer over

Tulsa World - - Gameday -

Safety Cris­tian Williams is done play­ing foot­ball, hav­ing been forced to re­tire pre­ma­turely for med­i­cal rea­sons.

Williams, who an­nounced the news in an In­sta­gram post be­fore Satur­day’s game against Arkansas State, has played in 27 games and is com­ing off a ca­reerbest per­for­mance in which he led the Hur­ri­cane with 11 tack­les at Texas.

A ju­nior from New Or­leans whose fam­ily re­lo­cated to Dal­las be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Katrina, Williams led a pregame prayer with some of his team­mates in the end zone. He wore his jersey and watched the game from the side­line.

Williams was re­placed in the start­ing lineup by TieNeal Martin, a ju­nior­col­lege trans­fer from Cal­i­for­nia.

Another first-time starter was red­shirt fresh­man Zaven Collins, who filled in for in­jured line­backer Robert Revels III.

On of­fense, tight end Chris Min­ter made his sea­son de­but af­ter re­cov­er­ing from in­jury.

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