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Defensive end Nathan Williams out for the year

by Jason Lloyd on October 11, 2011

In a season full of crushing setbacks, now this: Nathan Williams will miss the rest of Ohio State's season with a left knee injury that has forced him out of the last five games.

Williams is expected to have a second surgery on the knee, coach Luke Fickell said on Tuesday, just the latest blow in a season of setbacks. The Buckeyes are 3-3 and reeling on both sides of the ball after squandering a 21-point lead in the second half of Saturday's loss at Nebraska.

“I've not been a part of something like that,” Fickell said. “It was an unbelievable snowball effect.”

The Bucks have been buried under an avalanche all season. Just as they get Dan Herron back from suspension, Williams is lost for good. He was injured in the season opener against Akron and had arthroscopic surgery prior to the game against Miami. Fickell offered no details as to what is wrong with the knee.

“Of course you want to have a guy like that back,” senior linebacker Tony Jackson said. “We haven't had him since the first game, so we can't say what the loss is or isn't. If he can't go, we have to go on without him. We can't stop because we lost a player. We have to keep moving on.”

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