**Williams Coming Along … A source informs us Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams is ahead of schedule in terms of his rehab from microfracture knee surgery.
Will Nate be ready for the season's kickoff?
That doesn’t mean Williams is a lock to be ready for the 2012 season, but all indications are he will be cleared for action by the time preseason camp starts in August.
“Nate’s always been a workout warrior and he’s doing well with his rehab,” the source said. “He wants to start running but the trainers want him to wait until June (when the summer conditioning program begins). So, he’s doing well.
“I’m still skeptical that he’ll play much though because it’s so hard to get your explosion back after an injury like that. They finally have other guys that can fill the LEO role with Steve Miller, Se’Von Pittman, Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington. But to Nate’s credit, he’s doing everything he can to get back.”
The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Williams will be a fifth-year senior in 2012.
**Can I Kick It? … Remember when you were concerned about Drew Basil as Ohio State’s kicker? Of course you do. It wasn’t that long ago. Basil looked shaky to say the least at the start of the 2011 season when he began 0-for-2 in field goal attempts (and missed another one that didn’t count due to a penalty).
*So where do things stand now?
*An in-depth look at TY Williams?
*To little, too late for PA QB?
*Which future speedster figures to get even faster?