TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For a time, the monster looked human. Jesse Williams, Alabama's hulking nose guard, lay in a heap on the Astroturf, grasping at his knee. Anguish crossed his tattooed face. His sly grin vanished along with his superhuman persona.
The monster needed help off the field. He couldn't do it himself. A pair of trainers had to give the 6-foot-4, 320-pound giant a hand. Williams limped gingerly to the sidelines and waited to hear the bad news.