INDIANAPOLIS -- Alabama star wide receiver Jameson Williams suffered a torn ACL on Monday night in the 33-18 loss to No. 3 Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

The injury occurred early in the second quarter. Williams, who transferred to Alabama after two seasons at Ohio State, broke free over the middle of the field on a 40-yard reception. He attempted to cut as a Georgia defender closed in before reaching down for his right knee as he fell to the turf of Lucas Oil Stadium. Williams walked out to the Alabama sideline under his own power in the third quarter to support his teammates. Saban said Williams wanted to reenter the game but trainers would not allow it. 

CBS Sports draft expert Ryan Wilson has Williams projected to go No. 18 overall to the New Orleans Saints in his latest mock draft. Concern began to mount about Williams' draft stock following the injury, though Schefter reports that doctors expect him to make a full recovery after surgery and retain his trademark speed. 

Williams enjoyed a breakout season for the Tide in 2021 after leaving the Buckeyes, catching 75 passes for 1,507 yards with 15 touchdowns.