Penn State's Williams doubtful for Orange Bowl, Paterno says


Sports Digest

December 30, 2005

Penn State receiver Derrick Williams is doubtful for the Orange Bowl because of an arm injury that sidelined the freshman for two months. Coach Joe Paterno said yesterday that Williams, who has been out with a broken left arm, will sit out the No. 3 Nittany Lions' game against No. 22 Florida State on Tuesday.

"Derrick Williams is worth a touchdown, but I doubt, really, if he'll play," Paterno said.

Williams was a key player for Penn State's high-powered offense until breaking his arm in a 27-25 loss to Michigan on Oct. 15. He caught one touchdown pass and ran for three other scores.

Paterno said the injury was so severe that doctors were concerned that there could be nerve damage.

"So, I don't think it's worth [risking] the kid's future; he has a great future, so I doubt he will play," Paterno said.

Williams said he was disappointed by the news but understood his coach's concern.

Florida State -- Leading tackler A.J. Nicholson was suspended by the team and questioned by police after a 19-year-old woman accused him of sexually assaulting her. A decision on whether to charge the linebacker will be made after the completion of an investigation expected to extend into next week, police said.

ACC -- The new-look Atlantic Coast Conference will feature a change in its postseason bowl alignments in 2006. The new agreement will send the ACC's first available non-BCS team to Atlanta to face an SEC opponent in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Orange Bowl -- The bowl and Dolphins Stadium announced an agreement that will keep the game in its current home through at least 2014. The eight-year deal begins in 2007. The agreement includes a four-year option requiring both parties to accept an extension.

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