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Jamaal Williams Athlete Profile

#21 Jamaal Williams

Position: Running Back Height: 6-0 Weight: 212 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2012-2014 | 2016 Hometown: Fontana, CA Last School: Summit High School


  • Born in Rialto, California
  • Mother was a sprinter at UCLA
  • Also recruited by Boise State, Arizona State, Utah, Idaho, San Diego State, UCLA, Oregon and New Mexico State

Before BYU

  • Coached by Troy Barile
  • Helped Summit High School to a CIF Division Championship
  • League offensive MVP
  • CIF offensive MVP
  • All-CIF First Team
  • All-Leauge First Team
  • Also lettered in track

BYU Career

  • BYU's career leader in rushing yards (3,901), attempts (726), 100-yard games (16), single-game rushing yards (286)
  • Rushed for over 200 yards three times
  • 35 career rushing touchdowns (No. 3 at BYU)
  • 4,468 all-purpose yards (No. 5 at BYU)
  • 36 total touchdowns (No. 4 at BYU)
  • 216 points scored (No.5 at BYU among non-kickers)

2012 | Freshman Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a freshman
  • Played in every game and started eight
  • Had 166 carries for 775 yards and 12 touchdowns (the most carries, yards and touchdowns by a BYU true freshman)
  • Season-high 28 carries and four total touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 receiving) at Georgia Tech
  • Season-high 155 rushing yards against Hawai'i
  • Season-long 49 yard rush against Idaho
  • Had 27 receptions for 315 yards and one touchdown
  • Pulled down a season-high seven catches against Notre Dame
  • Season-long 39 yard catch at Georgia Tech
  • Had six games with over 100 all-purpose yards
  • Named Independent Freshman of the Year by College Sports Madness--also named to All-Independent First Team

2013 | Sophomore Year

  • Named to the Doak Walker Award watch list
  • Preseason All-Independent Third Team (College Sports Madness)
  • Carried the ball 33 times for 144 yards at Virginia
  • Set his career high with 182 rushing yards against Texas (9/7)
  • Named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Running Back of the Week (9/7, 11/18, 12/2)
  • Recorded his first touchdown of the season to go along with 86 yards in win over Georgia Tech
  • Tallied two TDs and 83 yards at Houston
  • Rushed for 107 yards in win vs Boise State
  • Scored three touchdowns in win over Idaho State
  • Named FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (11/18 and 12/2)
  • Named College Sports Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week (11/18 and 12/2)
  • Rushed for a new career-high 219 yards on 15 carries in win over Nevada
  • Earned first team All-Independent honors by College Sports Madness for the second consecutive year 
  • Named to FBS All-Independent Team
  • Phil Steele All-Independent First Team

2014 | Junior Year

  • Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team
  • Named to the Maxwell Award watch list
  • Named to CFPA Running Back Trophy watch list
  • Named to the Doak Walker Award watch list
  • Rushed for two scores and 139 yards in win over Houston
  • He passed John Ogden for No. 8 at BYU in career rushing yards (2,403). He also earned the No. 7 spot in school history for career carries (460), passing Peter Van Valkenberg in game against USU
  • Collected 102 yards on 16 carries vs Utah State
  • Carried the ball 16 times for 70 yards on the night while returning from injury and scored BYU’s first touchdown of the game on a 17-yard run with 9:12 left in the second quarter in the loss to Boise State
  • Rushed for 49 yards in the win at Middle Tennessee, surpassing Doak Walker Award winner Luke Staley (2,493 yards) for No. 6 all-time at BYU
  • Sufferend season-ending knee injury against Middle Tennessee
  • Named to the College Sports Madness All-Independent Second Team

2016 | Senior Year

  • Participated in the 2017 NFL Combine
  • Played in the Reese's Senior Bowl
  • Rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 10 games
  • No. 5 nationally in rushing yards per game
  • Six games of 100 rushing yards, including five of over 160
  • Set the school record in single game rushing yards with 286 yards against Toledo
  • Also tied a school record with five touchdowns against the Rockets
  • Became the all-time career rushing leader at BYU in the first overtime against Mississippi State with a 9-yard rus, passing Harvey Unga. Finished the year with 3,901 career rushing yards
  • Named to SI's 2016 Midseason All-America Second Team
  • Eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards at Cincinnati (notched 92) to be the fourth BYU player to have  multiple 1,000-yard seasons at BYU after 1,233 in 2013
  • Named to Doak Walker Award watch list