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Buckeyes' Williams settles theft case

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams has settled his theft case, according to The Columbus Dispatch's Ken Gordon.

Williams pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and paid a $150 fine. He originally pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of theft and possession of criminal tools.

Williams and a friend were stopped in December at a mall near Dayton, Ohio, with three shirts they had allegedly stolen from a department store. The Buckeyes' lineman told The Dispatch that his friend had stolen the shirts but he took the blame because the friend had been in previous legal trouble.

Williams appeared in nine games last fall for Ohio State and recorded 18 tackles and two sacks. He figures to be in the defensive end rotation this season with Cameron Heyward, Thaddeus Gibson and Lawrence Wilson.