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Miami Hurricanes star Avantae Williams reinstated, to sit six weeks

Oct 26, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;   Miami Hurricanes helmets sit on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Miami won 16-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Hurricanes helmets sit on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Miami won 16-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Miami reinstated suspended safety Avantae Williams after battery charges against him were dropped.

Head coach Manny Diaz said the second-year freshman will not play in the Hurricanes’ first six games.

No. 14 Miami opens the season Saturday against No. 1 Alabama. The team’s seventh game is at home against NC State on Oct. 23.

Williams, 20, was dismissed from the team on July 22 after being arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant victim.

The case was closed earlier this month when the woman, referred to in court documents as Williams’ ex-girlfriend, recanted parts of her story.

Diaz said Williams’ six-game absence will give him time to get back into shape. He also must meet certain benchmarks in “education, mentorship and personal development” before he can play.

“Our role is to make the best Avantae Williams we possibly can and that’s why, again, we gave him the avenue back,” Diaz told reporters in a Zoom call Monday. “There are some things that we want him to be able to accomplish that we think will help him and, again, by helping him, that ultimately helps us as a football program.”

Williams, a consensus four-star recruit from DeLand, Fla., was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 safety by Rivals and ESPN in the Class of 2020. He sat out last season due to an unspecified medical issue.

–Field Level Media