Joe Williams has had enough of retired life. Sure, kicking it on the beach, wasting away in Margaritaville and riding off into the sunset is everyones dream; but Joe Williams wasn’t ready hang it up forever.
— Agbor Agbor (@UtesPac12) October 11, 2016
27 days after announcing his retirement from football, the running back will return to the Utes to give them more depth at the position. The Utes have burned right through all of their other options at the position, and are now willing to give their one-time starter a second chance.
Williams is expected to start if all goes well in his first week of practice back with the team. When asked how much of a role Williams will have after nearly a month of not practicing, coach Kyle Whittingham said the following:
“It’s a day-by-day thing, and if he looks good, if everything goes well, he’ll play on Saturday. If we have a reason that we think that’s not in his or our best interest, then we won’t do that.”
The timing of the comeback might seem a little awkward, but when put to a vote the team returned a unanimous decision to allow Williams back on the team.
Williams was the starter to begin the season with the Utes but loss his job due to turnover trouble. He fumbled in each of his starts this season.