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MU football reinstates Williams for fall camp

MU football reinstates Williams for fall camp

August 1st, 2019 by News Tribune in Mizzou Sports

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football program announced Wednesday junior defensive end Tre Williams has been reinstated to the team's roster ahead of the start of fall camp Friday as one of a series of moves that finalized the Tigers' 110-player roster.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault in early December after a reported verbal argument and altercation, and was suspended from the football team. He pleaded guilty earlier this summer to first offense peace disturbance, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation, according to case records.

Players are set to report today, with the three-week fall camp to start Friday morning. Missouri opens the season Aug. 31 at Wyoming.

The Tigers announced that a pair of seniors, linebacker Jacob Trump and offensive lineman Jonah Dubinski, both opted to medically retire from football while finishing academic study at Missouri. Both Trump, from Kahoka, and Dubinski, of Rock Bridge in Columbia, retired because of knee issues.

Injuries will also keep redshirt freshman wideout Khmari Thompson and freshman defensive back Ish Burdine out of camp. Thompson, who is a dual-sport athlete as a track and field sprinter in the spring, is dealing with a right knee injury, while Burdine is sidelined with a right shoulder injury.

Missouri also announced athletic trainer Rex Sharp would step away from primary football duty to more fully oversee the entire athletic department's physical and mental health programs. Sharp had been the football team's head trainer since 1996.

Kyle Blecha will take over after earning an undergraduate degree at Fresno State in 1993 and a master's in health and exercise science from Missouri in 1995. Blecha spent 14 seasons as Western Michigan's head football trainer after graduating from Missouri, and had spent the last five years as coordinator of sports medicine with the Missouri Orthopedic Institute.