COLUMBIA, Mo. – After eight months away from the Missouri football team, junior defensive end Tre Williams made his return to practice Friday.
Williams was charged with felony domestic assault in December and indefinitely suspended soon after.
In July, Williams pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace. The Tigers reinstated him Wednesday.
As the legal process surrounding Williams concluded, Missouri head coach Barry Odom said he felt comfortable letting the former Rock Bridge standout rejoin the team.
“I got all the information we could get from the legal proceedings to all the things that we learned immediately after,” Odom said.
The fourth-year Tigers head coach has maintained a zero-tolerance policy with players found guilty of domestic abuse.
“That’s still our stance,” Odom said Friday.
In regard to Williams’ situation, Odom said the program “feels very strongly” about its process that led to reinstatement.
“If you look throughout the things that Tre did for the last eight months, and then he’s got a misdemeanor peace disturbance was the charge through the court of law,” Odom said. “And I’ve learned – you get all the information, you get all the facts and then you make an informed decision.
“And through the process of the last eight months or however long it’s been, went through with the proceedings in court and I feel very strongly about how we handled this case and how we’ve handled every one that we’ve had since I became the head coach.”
Williams started six games for Missouri last season and finished the campaign with 3 1/2 sacks. That’s more than half of the Tigers’ 6 1/2-sack total in 2018.
Williams was not listed on Missouri’s three-man-deep depth chart Friday at any defensive position.
“He’s been working out on his own, but doing that and being game-ready is two different things,” Odom said.
ROBINSON DENIED WAIVER: Missouri quarterback and TCU transfer Shawn Robinson was denied his NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility with the Tigers.
Odom said the decision came down this week and the Tigers didn’t receive a true reason why it was turned down.
The NCAA has accepted immediate-play transfer requests from quarterbacks such as Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Miami’s Tate Martell over the past few months.
“We’ll live with it and we’ll train our guys that are at that position, try to get them ready to go play, and Shawn will use it and make sure that he’s a better player when he comes back,” Odom said.
Odom added he wasn’t sure of an appeal process, while Robinson seemed at peace with the decision. The Texas high school football state champion with DeSoto still has two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2020-21 season.
If Robinson’s waiver, which was originally filed in May, had gone through, he would have been viewed as the likely backup to Kelly Bryant because of his previous college experience. Tigers sophomore Taylor Powell was listed in that spot Friday.