Former Hancock College star Malik Williams' stellar senior season at Louisville may have ended prematurely.

The Louisville-Courier Journal reported that Williams went out seven plays before the end of No. 17 Louisville's 39-25 loss to No. 24 North Carolina State Thursday night with a "gruesome wrist injury."

The Courier-Journal reported that Williams, after appearing to land awkwardly after being tackled, walked through the tunnel after the game wincing and holding his left wrist.

Williams has been having a solid campaign for the 4-2 Cardinals. He is second on the team in rushing and, though his yards per game total is an unspectacular 45-plus per game, he has been averaging an impressive 7.0 yards per carry.

Williams played at Hancock for one season. He was a record-setting return man for the Bulldogs. Here is a summary of how some other former Central Coast high school football stars are faring on the next level.

Lavon Coleman

The former Lompoc High School standout is second on the team in a democratic University of Washington rushing attack.

He averages nearly four yards a carry. Coleman has carried the ball 33 times for the Huskies for a total of 156 yards. He has one touchdown. His longest carry this season has been for 30 yards.

Patrick Laird

The Cal walk-on-turned-star continues to lead the 3-2 Bears' rushers.

The senior Mission Prep graduate has lugged the ball 63 times this year for an average of six-plus yards per carry. He leads the Bears' rushers across the board, including yardage (388) and touchdowns (four).

Derrick Portis

Portis is another former Lompoc standout. He transferred to Ferris State from Northern Iowa before the start of this season.

Portis has carried the ball 10 times for a total of 72 yards for the 3-1 Bulldogs. The junior has one touchdown.

Garrett Owens

The Iowa State senior, who began his collegiate career at Oregon State after graduating from Arroyo Grande, remains at four field goals made in five attempts for the 2-2 Cyclones.

Bailey Gaither

Gaither is having a fine season for a San Jose State team that is having a rough campaign.

The Spartans are 1-5 but Gaither, a Paso Robles High School graduate who is San Jose State's leading receiver, has 21 receptions for a total of 314 yards and four touchdowns.

He leads San Jose State's receivers across the board.

Nikko Hayes

The redshirt junior defensive back has seven solo tackles and 16 assists for Idaho State. The Bengals are 3-2.

Hayes is a former Lompoc High star.

Curry Parham

The St. Joseph High School and Hancock College graduate has thrown six touchdown passes and four interceptions in his senior season for defending Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Tabor College.

Parham is 46-for-100 passing, for 584 yards. His efficiency rating is 106.86. The Blue Jays are 3-1.    


Sports Reporter