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Indiana Football: Quarterback Dexter Williams II showing progress in recovery



Nov 12, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Dexter Williams II (5) throws the ball during the third quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

With spring football fully here, Indiana head coach Tom Allen and his team are fully focused on being ready to go by the start of the 2023 season this fall.

While the quarterback position is still a little bit of a work in progress and a ways from being fully determined, Indiana offensive coordinator Walt Bell spoke with the media on Thursday and was able to give an update on redshirt junior quarterback Dexter Williams II.

Williams is still recovering from his significant knee dislocation in Indiana’s 2022 season finale vs Purdue.

“I know he started to run, and he’s doing great,” Bell said when asked about Williams’ progression. “Obviously Dr. (James) Andrews, who did the surgery, is kind of world renowned and the fact that he did the surgery kind of speaks for itself and he’s doing everything he’s supposed to be doing.

“But in terms of ahead of schedule, behind schedule, on schedule, that’s way above my ability level. I just know that he looks good and he’s starting to move around and he’s a great kid. Can’t wait to get him back.”

While Dexter Williams II is not able to compete for the starting quarterback job for this upcoming season, he has still been able to provide extra help for the quarterbacks such as sophomores Tayven Jackson, Brendan Sorsby, and freshman Brock Lowery from the sidelines.

“Dex has kind of been wearing his coaching hat a little bit,” Bell added. “He’s been helping signal and we’re kind of treating him like a GA (graduate assistant) right now. I think that’s been really good for him too. Not only from the mental side of things, but just his general outlook and demeanor. So excited about all those guys.”

Williams played in four games with two starts last season. He was 13-of-38 passing for 138 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His rushing ability, however, gave Indiana’s lackluster offense a different look. He ran for 165 yards and one touchdown. Williams had a 4.1 yard per carry average.

Only time will tell, but the redshirt junior quarterback’s recovery is trending in the right direction.

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Kyler Staley is a Basketball Recruiting Analyst for Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Kyler has been in the basketball recruiting industry since 2019 and is a credentialed media member. He has covered Indiana since 2021 while continuing to also work for Prep Hoops Indiana. He has previously worked for Rivals.