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February 13, 2009Defensive back Torri Williams has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and will play for the Boilermakers in 2009.
Since arriving at Purdue, Williams has been healthy for only two full seasons - as a freshman in 2004 and last year. He missed the entire 2005 season after breaking his right fibula (lower leg) during spring practice and subsequently suffered a season-ending dislocated right knee in the third quarter of the 2006 opener against Indiana State on Sept. 2.
Williams returned in 2007 but ruptured his left Achilles tendon at Michigan on Oct. 13, the seventh game of the season, and was sidelined for the balance of the year.
"I'm excited to be coming back for another year," said Williams, who presently is finishing up his bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and supervision and working on a second major in sociology. "I'm coming off a full season in which I was finally healthy, and I want to help contribute to the team again. Coach Hope is a competitive guy who wants to win, so I'm definitely looking forward to playing for him."
Originally a safety, Williams also played cornerback a year ago and ranked second on the Boilermakers with 83 tackles (54 solo, 29 assists) while starting all 12 games. He shared the team lead with two interceptions and two forced fumbles and was third with six pass breakups.
"It's a sign of good fortune, for Torri and for our football team," Coach Danny Hope said. "Torri was completely healthy at the end of last season and playing his best football. It's exciting that he will be back with us for another season. He looks really good."
Williams had a career-high 11 tackles at Northwestern on Oct. 18, 2008. He received the defense's Pop Doan Award (top performance against Indiana) last season after making seven solo tackles to go with an interception and a forced fumble against the Hoosiers on Nov. 22.
In 29 career games, the 6-foot-2, 208-pound Williams, from Cedar Park, Texas, has totaled 116 tackles (80 solo, 36 assists), including 3.0 for loss and 2.0 sacks, with eight pass breakups, five interceptions and three forced fumbles.
We'll have more from Williams later this afternoon.