Kansas reinstates former Hahnville running back “Pooka” Williams with one-game suspension

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Pooka Williams

Former Hahnville star Anthony “Pooka” Williams is back on the University of Kansas football team after a seven-month suspension stemming from a domestic battery charge in December. The school announced his reinstatement Monday.

However, the sophomore has been suspended for the Jayhawks’ first game of the season Aug. 31 against Indiana State.

Last season’s Big XII Offensive Freshman of the Year remains in probation at the school.

“My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m very sorry to those who were impacted by my poor choices,” Williams stated in a release. “I am disappointed in myself, not just as a man, but as a student-athlete looked up to by younger kids. My suspension from football has been hard, but I have learned from it. I’m thankful I can continue with my education at KU. Looking ahead, the most important thing to me is to regain the trust and respect of my classmates, teammates, and fans. I am humbled to return to football and to prepare for the season.”

His domestic violence diversion program also requires that he undergo a domestic violence offender assessment, complete an anger management course and fulfill 40 hours of community service by Nov. 30.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Williams was Louisiana’s Mr. Football after leading Hahnville to the Class 5A state title game as a senior.

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