Purdue's Williams gains sixth year of eligibility

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Purdue's secondary got a big boost as cornerback/safety Torri Williams has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Plagued by leg and knee injuries throughout his career, Williams stayed healthy last fall and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. Starting all 12 games, he finished second on the team in tackles (83) and added two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Williams switched to cornerback last season after playing safety from 2004-07. He missed the entire 2005 season with a broken leg and dislocated his knee in the 2006 season opener. The Texas native also had several legal problems.

"It's a sign of good fortune, for Torri and for our football team," Boilermakers head coach Danny Hope said in a statement. "Torri was completely healthy at the end of last season and playing his best football. It's exciting that he will be back with us for another season. He looks really good."

Williams boasts excellent size (6-foot-2, 208 pounds) and anchors a secondary that returns virtually intact for the fall.

"I'm coming off a full season in which I was finally healthy, and I want to help contribute to the team again," Williams said in a statement. "Coach Hope is a competitive guy who wants to win, so I'm definitely looking forward to playing for him."