Williams a game-time decision for WVU

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

It's been a painful season for Reed Williams, the West Virginia linebacker and one of the best defensive players in the Big East.

Williams missed time earlier this year with turf toe and a foot injury, and has been playing through that of late. Now his troublesome shoulders, which required surgery after the 2007 season and forced him to miss most of last year, are acting up again. This time it's his left shoulder, which he hurt in the second half of the UConn win.

He won't be at full strength for Friday's game at South Florida, but could play.

"Reed is a game-time decision," head coach Bill Stewart said today. "Sometimes he gets nicked up and sometimes he doesn’t. It just depends on how he hits it and when he hits it. He is good to go, but for how long I don’t know."

Receiver Bradley Starks has been nursing a back injury but should be good to go this week, Stewart said.

"We need both Reed Williams and Bradley Starks in the lineup on Friday," he said.

Despite the Bulls' struggles in their last two games, West Virginia knows better than to take them lightly.

"They will get into a bowl," Stewart said. "They have got beat by the two best teams in the league, Cincinnati and Pitt, both ranked teams. South Florida is not out of the hunt and our players better know that before they get on the plane."