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Packers selected BYU RB Jamaal Williams with the No. 134 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Williams (6’0/212) led the Cougars in rushing all four years, compiling a career 726/3,901/35 (5.4 YPC) rushing line with 60/567/1 (9.5 YPR) receiving. Williams appeared in only 17 games over his final two seasons due to knee and ankle injuries and a suspension for violating multiple team rules. His catch totals also dropped every year at BYU (27 > 18 > 8 > 7). Williams was exposed as a sub-par athlete at the Combine with eight-percentile SPARQ results and a plodding 7.25 three-cone time. A decisive, downhill grinder on college tape, Williams is a two-down back with a ceiling in the Alfred Morris range. That said, he could find himself with a big rookie role behind Ty Montgomery.
Apr 29 - 1:35 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that "the name I continue to hear rising up boards is [BYU LB Harvey Langi]."

Pauline writes that Reuben Foster's positive drug test for a diluted sample at the Combine is "going to help other inside linebackers." He then went on to name-check the 6-foot-2, 251-pound Langi as one possible benefactor of Foster's testing travails, writing that "Langi’s aggressive style of play and his junior tape -- when he lined up at inside linebacker for the Cougars -- as well as his combine and pro day workouts have all factored into the rise." While the BYU standout might be seeing a little bump in the lead-up to the draft, he probably won't be hearing his name called until some time on Day 3.
Apr 24 - 3:48 PM

Pro Football Focus compared BYU RB Jamaal Williams to Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore.

"Williams doesn’t have as compact of a build as Gore, but they share similar running styles," notes the PFF analysis team. "They lack long speed, but move well enough laterally to make their ways through traffic, and are aggressive, physical runners who gain more yards after contact than most sub-220-pound running backs." The 6-foot, 200-pounder rushed for a hearty 1,375 yards (5.9 YPC) and 12 touchdowns in 10 games this past season, but there are concerns as to whether he possesses the requisite athleticism for NFL work. Or as one AFC West regional scout put it, "[h]e's not very dynamic as a runner." That scout believes that Williams would be well-served to work on covering kickoffs, as that might be his fastest path to consistent playing time.
Apr 18 - 5:22 PM

An NFC West area scout believes BYU did LB Harvey Langi a disservice last season by playing him on the edge.

"Go back and watch him against UCLA and Michigan in 2015 and you will see what he might become at middle linebacker," the scout said. "I don't know why (BYU) put him on the edge this year because it didn't help them and it did the kid a real disservice." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Langi to Mark Nzeocha. "Athletic, traits-based prospect who is behind with his fundamentals and instincts, but is still in the process of learning his position," Zierlein wrote. "Langi looks undraftable based on this season's tape, but he played out of position for much of the season and could find more success once he can stay inside." Langi signed with Utah out of the prep ranks before transferring to BYU.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 12:23 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that BYU QB Taysom Hill "turned in an incredible workout" during Friday's pro day.

Hill hasn't much been part of the draft conversation to date, but the aged quarterback's athletic testing on pro day might draw him a bit more interest down the stretch. Among the numbers turned in by the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder, a 40-yard dash of 4.44 seconds, a 38.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. For context's sake, at the Combine those marks would have respectively ranked first (unseating Trevor Knight's 4.54-second 40), first (sorry again, Trevor -- Knight led Combine QB's with a 35.5-inch vertical) and third for quarterbacks. While Hill turns 27 in August and has a complicated (to put it kindly) medical history which could easily put him on the outside looking in when it comes to the draft, these strong testing results are a reminder that he has never lacked for athleticism.
Mar 24 - 7:17 PM

An AFC West regional scout said that BYU RB Jamaal Williams "hasn't been a special teams guy but he better start."

"He's not very dynamic as a runner so he needs to carve out a niche for himself as a physical backup who can go cover on kickoffs," the scout explained. Williams was unable to impress at the NFL Scouting Combine, testing in the 7th percentile with results including a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, a 30-inch vertical jump and a 7.25-second run through the three-cone drill. He is a likely Day 3 selection in the draft, though he might have his work cut out for him at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 18 - 12:40 PM

BYU RB Jamaal Williams tested in the 7th percentile at the NFL Combine.

Running backs have succeeded with low composite scores, like Thomas Rawls and Chris Ivory, so don't write Williams off yet. However, it is worth noting that both of those running backs were undrafted free agents. We like Williams aggressive running style and anticipation to cut off defenders.
Mar 13 - 11:15 AM

Tennessee and BYU have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2019 and 2023.

While most home-and-home series see the two teams swapping hosting duties in back-to-back seasons, it will take a few additional years for this one to play out. Tennessee will host BYU on September 7 2019, with the Cougars returning the favor in 2023. The date for the latter contest has not yet been officially locked in, but it will occur on either September 1 or September 2. In a statement, BYU AD Tom Holmoe said, "When the opportunity to play a series with Tennessee presented itself, we didn't blink. They're a storied football program with a winning tradition, national championships, a classic stadium, incredible fans and hall of fame coaches." In additional future scheduling news, BYU also announced that it will host Idaho State on November 16, 2019.
Feb 23 - 4:47 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that BYU RB Jamaal Williams' "40-yard dash time might be one of the most important of any player at the [C]ombine."

Reuter colleague Daniel Jeremiah sees Williams running the 40 in the vicinity of a relatively modest 4.60-4.65 seconds. That might not be fast enough to ease the concerns of NFL squads. Noted Reuter, "There's no questioning his physicality as a runner, nor his willingness to be a workhorse. He looks like he's able to get moving fast enough to leave college defenders in the dust -- but what about veteran linebackers and safeties that he'll have to face at the next level?" Should he test out respectably enough, Reuter thinks he has the potential to land as a late second-round pick come this spring's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 8:41 PM

BYU and San Diego State will play a home-and-home series in 2019 and 2020.

San Diego State will have first hosting duties, with the Cougars set to come to town for a November 30, 2019 showdown. BYU will return the favor on November 14, 2020. For the series as a whole, BYU leads 28-7-1. The two teams last played in 2010. "We’re excited to renew our strong history with San Diego State in a series that has included many incredible games over the years," said BYU AD Tom Holmoe in a statement.
Feb 9 - 4:40 PM

BYU signed four-star 2017 S Chaz Ah You.

Ah You opted for the Cougars over Utah, Washington, UCLA and Stanford. BYU got the last word in during the 6-foot-2, 199-pounder's official visit this past weekend. Scout.com's Greg Biggins refers to the newest baby Cougar as a "prototype safety," while ESPN notes that he is a "[g]ood looking safety prospect with a terrific blend of size, range, physicality and athleticism." On Rivals, Ah You checks in at No. 174 in the 2017 class.
Feb 1 - 2:01 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 S Chaz Ah You is deciding between BYU, Utah, Washington, UCLA and Stanford.

Ah You had actually planned on committing prior to National Signing Day, but he delayed making his pledge in order to take an official visit to BYU this past weekend. Rivals ranks the 6-foot-2, 199-pounder as their No. 174 overall prospect in the 2017 class. He will need to hit the weights once he joins his program of choice, but Scout.com's Greg Biggins calls him a "prototype safety," one who has the chops to defend both the run and the pass.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 31 - 2:52 PM

The Falcons met with BYU RB Jamaal Williams and UCLA OT Conor McDermott.

The Falcons are pretty set at running back, but it's never a bad idea to explore depth-related options. Williams checked into the Senior Bowl at a lower-than-expected 211 pounds. The issue with that is NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes he'll run a 40-yard dash time in the 4.60-4.65 second range at the Combine. The 6-foot-8, 305-pound McDermott could stand to add some bulk himself.
Source: Draftwire
Jan 27 - 3:12 PM

BYU received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DE Langi Tuifua.

Tuifua made his BYU commitment public at the Polynesian Bowl on Saturday night, in Honolulu. Said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Cougar-to-be, "I'm really comfortable with that staff and they're all like family to me. They've got some really good coaches and I've seen a lot their style up close." Scout.com's Blair Angulo notes that Tuifua "has great speed off the edge and is relentless in pursuit, making him one of the more devastating prospects in the West region for the 2017 class." He has the frame to add additional healthy playing bulk at the collegiate level.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 22 - 11:41 AM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 DE Langi Tuifua is choosing between Utah and BYU.

Tuifua indicated that he will be taking an official visit to his choice program next weekend. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has been less-than-solid in his past recruitment, having already previously committed to both Utah and Oregon. Scout.com's Greg Biggins refers to Tuifua as "a big, rangy defensive end with the frame to put on a ton of weight." Biggins goes so far as to say that he believes that the South Jordan, Utah, native could put on as much as 30-40 pounds without it adversely affecting his athletic prowess.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 21 - 3:23 PM


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