Penn State freshman Derrick Williams, who sparked the Nittany Lions to a 6-0 start while speaking boldly of bringing a national championship to Happy Valley, will miss the rest of the season after breaking his left arm in the team's 27-25 loss to Michigan on Saturday.
Williams, a wide receiver who had also been a running back and kick returner, caught a team-high six passes for 59 yards against the Wolverines. He left the game after being tackled by Carl Tabb on a kickoff return late in the fourth quarter and did not return. Yesterday, the school announced that he would be out three to four months.
Williams was considered the nation's top recruit as a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt, earning more than 50 scholarship offers. He chose Penn State over some of the nation's most successful programs -- including Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and Tennessee -- and his arrival in State College, coupled with that of fellow freshman Justin King, breathed life into what had been a struggling team.
Williams started every game and began earning national attention last month after catching a 36-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute left to lift the Nittany Lions past Northwestern. The next week he ran for two touchdowns in a romp over nationally ranked Minnesota; one week later, he scored Penn State's first touchdown in a win over nationally ranked Ohio State that lifted the Nittany Lions into the top 10.
Williams leads the team with 22 receptions for 289 yards, and rushed 22 times for 105 yards.