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Football: Ian Williams cleared to play in Sun Bowl

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 04: Ian Williams of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish encourages the crowd during a game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame Stadium on September 4, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Purdue 23-12. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ian Williams will play in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve

Notre Dame nose guard Ian Williams has been cleared to play in the Sun Bowl, the Chicago Tribune’s Brian Hamilton reports via twitter.

@ChiTribHamilton:

#NotreDame HC Brian Kelly: “Ian Williams practiced Saturday for us, moved around quite well, so he’s been cleared.”

Williams, a senior, sprained his MCL against Navy and was initially expected to miss the rest of the season, thereby ending his career as a Notre Dame football player. About a week ago, however, Kelly stated that Williams might be able to return for the USC game and, if not then, probably for the bowl game.

Williams was having a great year– perhaps the best of any defender not named Manti Te’o–before going down with the injury. Williams has recorded 37 tackles, two sacks, and an interception in just seven-and-one-quarter games.

Williams, who spoke with the media following the announcement that the Irish would play Miami in the Sun Bowl, had this to say regarding his health: (again, via @ChiTribHamilton)

#NotreDame NG Ian Williams: “I’m thinking I’m 100 percent right now I felt great in practice the other day and look forward to getting back”

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