Mississippi State coach appreciated concern Stoops had for his injured player

By LARRY VAUGHT

Early in the third quarter Mississippi State offensive lineman Darryl Williams was hurt when the Bulldogs kicked a field goal against Kentucky.

He laid motionless on the field for over 10 minutes before he was put on a stretcher and taken off the field to a waiting ambulance. State coach Dan Mullen had his players surround him and they prayed for Williams.

Kentucky fans, players and coaches applauded as Williams left the field. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops spent time on the field checking on Williams.

Several hours after the game ended Mississippi State assistant athletics director Bill Martin tweeted that “Darryl Williams is doing fine” while waiting on test results. He was scheduled to fly back to Starkville this morning with State officials.

Mullen didn’t know how Williams was doing when the game ended other than he was “moving his fingers and toes” when he left the field. However, he noticed what Stoops did.

“I appreciate Mark coming over to check on him. In the giant picture of life, its just a football game and when stuff like this happens it brings you back to reality. I made sure that our guys knew that he was alert and I believe that Mark told his guys the same,” Mullen said. “It’s tough for anybody to witness that. It’s a scary situation for everybody, so hopefully he’ll be okay. Our prayers are with him.”

2 comments

  1. UK Coach and fans did the right thing in the moment. My prayers are with Darryl Williams. I Hope he recovers completely.

    1. Ditto that old friend.

      GO CATS

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