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Ashante Williams Making Up For Lost Time

Ashante Williams (Holly Smith)

The Fighting Illini football team struggled with both their defensive backfield and special teams last fall. Inexperience and a lack of depth contributed to the problems. Ashante Williams was expected to help, but a setback forced him to redshirt. He is back now, ready to make an impact.

Ashante Williams graduated early from Ohio's Mayfield High School so he could enroll at Illinois for second semester and prepare to see playing time for the Illini football team in the fall of 2008. He had a productive spring, but an unexpected problem delayed his debut. "I had some off-the-field issues, so I had to sit the year out." While many athletes take a light course load while they...

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