NCAA Football

Texas A&M Running Back Transfer Denied Hardship Waiver

Brandon Williams, a recent transfer to Texas A&M, was denied a hardship waiver by the NCAA and won’t be eligible for the 2012 season.

The Brookshire, Texas native signed with Oklahoma as part of the Sooners’ 2011 recruiting class but transferred closer to home in December. His defection from Norman initially left Bob Stoops thin at running back for their Insight Bowl appearance, as Williams joined Jermie Calhoun and Jonathan Miller as departures at the position.

The talented runner, a 5-star according to Rivals, finished his prep career ranked as the fourteenth prospect nationally.

Were it not for the emergence of Dominique Whaley, Williams might have closed his freshman season with more than the 46 carries and 219 yards he managed.

His best performance statistically came late in the year against Iowa State (11 rushes for 80 yards) after Whaley suffered an ankle injury.

In College Station, Williams shouldn’t face any of the homesickness problems that may have plagued him. He’ll be just a little over an hour from Brookshire and entering a loaded backfield in 2013.

Trey Williams, another 5-star running back out of Spring Dekaney, signed with the Aggies last month and new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury is likely frothing at the mouth at the thought of a Williams’ tandem in his offense.

In losing 2012, Brandon Williams can take the time to learn Kingsbury’s offense in full and offer Kevin Sumlin a valuable scout team asset throughout the fall.

Then in 2013, with the inaugural SEC season behind Texas A&M, that 4.4 speed can be put to use at Kyle Field on Saturday’s rather than mid-week.