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Jamaal Williams | Running Back

Team: Brigham Young Cougars
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200

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BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams sat out Thursday's game against Boise State due to an ankle injury.
Williams hurt his ankle in practice and reportedly tweaked it in warmups. Without Williams the team only rushed for 135 yards in a loss to Boise State. To put that in perspective, Williams has four games this season where he rushed for more yards on his own. BYU is off next week and then play Cincinnati. Oct 21 - 10:47 AM

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BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams couldn't find much room to work in Friday's 28-21 double-overtime win over Mississippi State, rushing for 76 yards on 26 carries.

Mississippi State was not going to let Williams beat them. They limited the 6-foot, 215-pound senior to just 2.9 YPC with a long run of nine yards. This kind of muted work is not Williams' motus operandi, though. Especially not of late. Entering Friday's contest, the Cougar back had logged three consecutive games of at least 160 yards rushing. He will try to get back on that smooth track when BYU hits the road for a date with Boise State next Thursday. A record of note -- with his 76 yards against Mississippi State on Friday, Williams became BYU's career rushing leader.
Oct 15 - 2:11 AM

BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams "has a long-stride run style, somewhat reminiscent of Eric Dickerson's," writes draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"He can side-step to find the hole and runs with lean as well as strength to get through tackle attempts," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot, 215-pound Williams ran for more than 2,000 yards in his first two college seasons. Williams then missed last season rehabbing his right knee. He's ramped it up in his return to the field this fall, rushing for 866 yards and 10 touchdowns over six games. He ranks No. 3 in the FBS with 114 rushing yards a game.
Oct 14 - 7:00 PM

BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in Saturday's 31-14 win over Michigan State.

Williams erupted for 286 yards rushing and five touchdowns in a win over Toledo last Friday. While he didn't quite reach those operatic heights this time around, he finished off strong, scoring both of his touchdown in the fourth quarter. With this performance in the books, the 6-foot, 215-pound back has now rushed for 866 yards and 10 touchdowns over the course of six games. He has surpassed 160 yards on the ground in four of those six contests.
Oct 8 - 8:27 PM

BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams made the world his own in Friday's 55-53 win over Toledo, rushing for 286 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries.

Williams tied a BYU school record with his five scores on the ground. He ripped off several impressive runs of the longer variety, including almost identical scoring jaunts of 48 and 62 yards in the third quarter. On those, he angled to the left sideline before turning up field and turning on the jets. While the 6-foot, 215-pound redshirt senior has been held under 60 yards rushing in two of five games this season, his three other performances have all gone for more than 160 yards rushing.
Oct 1 - 2:13 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams "has the size and quickness to make a Sunday roster as the third back if his knee checks out."

The 6-foot, 215-pound Williams was "highly rated" by scouts before the knee injury that stole his 2015, per Pauline, and was then "stamped as a street free agent by scouts upon his return this year," an opinion he’s now "forcing evaluators to rethink." Williams, who rushed for 2,526 yards and 23 touchdowns in his first three seasons for the Cougars, has 417 yards rushing on 5.3 yards per carry so far.
Sep 30 - 4:14 PM

BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams had 169 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in Saturday's 35-32 loss to West Virginia.

In the end, the Cougars couldn't overcome Taysom Hill's three interceptions. They got a tremendous showing from Williams, however, promising after the senior didn't do much in the past two losses to Utah and UCLA. BYU is 1-3, with the three losses coming by a combined seven points.
Sep 24 - 7:27 PM

BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams had 162 yards on 29 carries in Saturday's 18-16 win over Arizona.

Williams sat out last season due to personal reasons but looked no worse for the wear on Saturday, showing both explosion and efficiency throughout the evening. Without Williams' effort, the Cougars may not have pulled this one out. Arizona missed a 2-point conversion with 1:26 left in the game. They kicked off to BYU with a 16-15 lead. The Cougars engineered a quick drive down the field and sent freshman Jake Oldroyd out to hit the game-winning 33-yard field goal with 4 seconds left.
Sep 4 - 2:43 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that despite withdrawing from school "few area scouts" grade BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams as "draftable."

"I was equally surprised to be told few area scouts grade Jamaal Williams as draftable, a mistake in my opinion. Though the running back has had injury issues he’s talented and a multi-skilled ball carrier who can be used in a variety of roles as a rotational back at the next level," Pauline wrote. The BYU prospect underwent knee surgery back in November and plans to redshirt this season. The 6-foot, 200-pound Williams has rushed for 2,526 yards and 23 touchdowns over the last three seasons for the Cougars.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 02:06:00 PM

BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams has withdrawn from school and will not play this season.

Williams underwent knee surgery last November. He will redshirt the year while away from school. BYU is losing a ton of rushing production with the news, as Williams has rushed for 2,526 yards and 23 touchdowns over the last three seasons.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 01:11:00 PM

BYU junior RB Jamaal Williams will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday.

Williams is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering the third quarter injury against Middle Tennessee. It's a tough loss for the Cougars, as they were already down starting quarterback Taysom Hill, who suffered a broken leg earlier this season. This season, Williams had amassed 518 yards on 109 rushes, to go with four touchdowns. In September, CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Williams "demonstrated a skill-set to project nicely at the next level." Rang went on to praise that the 6-foot, 200-pound junior "showed impressive power for his build."
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 04:53:00 PM

BYU junior RB Jamaal Williams "demonstrated the skill-set to project nicely at the next level, while averaging five yards a carry, rushing for 139 yards and two touchdowns in BYU's 33-25 win over Houston.

"Williams, on the other hand, demonstrated the skill-set to project nicely at the next level, showing burst, lateral agility and surprising balance for a back with his high-cut 6-foot, 200-pound frame," Rang wrote. The Cougars prospect, who also ran track for the BYU in the spring, has acceleration that comes naturally. Williams mother was also a standout track star for the UCLA Bruins in her day. Rang notes that, "other than just good acceleration, he showed impressive power for his build, consistently generating yardage after contact" versus Houston.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 03:28:00 PM

BYU sophomore RB Jamaal Williams will return from his concussion against Utah State on Friday.

Williams suffered the concussion and severe stinger on September 21 against Utah. His return to practice has led coaches to say the running back is "good to go."
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 10:28:00 AM