The story of Jamaal Williams’ collegiate career is a unique one. Over the course of four seasons in five years with BYU, he recorded two separate 1,000-yard rushing seasons and two separate 12-touchdown seasons. But in 2014 he only played in eight games due to a torn ACL. Then, in 2015 Williams was forced to take what was supposed to be his senior campaign off for violating the school’s Honor Code (he had to withdraw for spending a night with a co-ed). Its safe to say he was on a mission when he returned as a starter with the Cougars season. After an entire year away, he hadn’t lost a step and made a statement with 1,455 scrimmage yards on 241 touches and 12 rushing scores.
Williams’s strengths are in his size. At 6-foot-0, 212-pounds, he knows how to leverage his upper-body and is competent in pass-blocking. He possesses elite balance and toughness. He’s always powering through initial contact and frequently needs to be gang-tackled, using a strong stiff arm and solid spin-move to ward off defenders. The Rialto, CA native showed good vision on inside-zone runs and his awareness and ball handling skills are special: Williams can seamlessly switch hands with the ball without it affecting his gait at high speeds. Plus, with just five fumbles during his entire college career, ball security is not an issue. His finesse running style combined with his physicality has been likened to that of Matt Forte.