Breaking down the BYU post-spring camp starting lineup, position by position

Published: Thursday, April 11 2013 8:01 p.m. MDT

Jamaal Williams Next » 3 of 24 « Prev
Position: running back

When Alisa went down in 2011, the 17-year-old Williams stepped in to save the day for BYU in the backfield. Now, Williams is one year older, one year wiser and one year more mature.

Williams' greatest strength is his quickness, dexterity and speed. A comparatively diminutive running back, Williams avoids contact rather than going through it. His shiftiness and ability to cut back quickly makes it difficult for defenders to get a hold on him and bring him down.

One of two starting running backs on the BYU depth chart, Williams should get a significant amount of carries next season, but that will likely depend on the effectiveness Alisa brings to the table in the backfield. Regardless, Williams is a potent alternative to Alisa should the situation require it.

Between Alisa and Williams, the running back position, and thus all the 2013 carries, are spoken for (barring injury).
Next » 3 of 24 « Prev
  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Salt Lake City, UT

Couldn't you find a picture of Brett Thompson catching a pass...instead of committing offensive pass interference? Not the best action shot. The only time I have seen clearer proof of offensive pass interference was in the U of U Daily Chronicle newspaper the Monday after they beat BYU by blocking the field goal in 2010. In that shot DeVonte Christopher is mugging Brian Logan as Logan is catching the ball. He wrapped up Logan and then He caught the winning touchdown that bounced off Logan. (Sorry Utes, you printed the picture. By the way so did the Tribune and the two pictures together are even more evident.)

Salt Lake City, UT

On the Jordan Johnson slide isn't field corner? That's what I have always known the wide side of the field is called.

Kaysville, UT

the depth chart shows Michale Alisa as the 3rd running back, not the 2nd. the chart shows Adam Hine as the second. Alisa has already lost his starting position according to the depth chart article. I think this author is trying to help Alisa out. honestly i would rather have williams and Hine as the 2 starters. Alisa never impressed as a running back.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

What about the kicking game? Are we still struggling at the kicker position? That situation cost us at least 2 to 3 games last year. That this position is missing in the above article is very telling. What about the punter position?

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

The best defense ever to play at BYU was wasted because we had no effective offense. Let's hope this year is better.

Chandler, AZ

Cody Hoffman is the best college football player in the state of Utah. After this year he will own the BYU receiving record book.

Van Noy is, of course, a beast and if he stays healthy will join his buddy Ziggy as a first round NFL pick.

I hope the offensive line holds up, as that will make or break the season.

And, what about the kicking game? If we don't have a kicker this year, Bronco is going to just use 4th down as a regular down. Not even think about punting or FG.


Kickers? Also, what happened to the vaunted JC transfers? Were they even here for spring practice?

Gorum The Older
makefu, 00


"the depth chart shows Michale Alisa as the 3rd running back, not the 2nd"

I don't know what depth chart you are looking at, but the one posted by BYU's official website has 2 RB positions and lists Alisa as the starter at one, and Williams at the other.

"Alisa never impressed as a running back."

The spring before Alisa's sophmore year he switched from LB to FB. A couple of games in, he was switched to RB and started. Despte switching positions twice, he averaged 5.4 ypc (Williams averaged 4.7 last year) and had a carry that went for over 30 yards every every 28 attempts (Williams averaged one every 83 attempts).

In fact in 2012 he was named to the preseason Doak Walker (the award given to the best runningback in the country) watch list. So clearly, Alisa has impressed. If he hasn't impressed you, that is probably because you weren't watching.

dallas, TX

Really hope J. Williams gets the majority of carries. J. Williams was better (as a freshman) than Alisa last year, no question. After the first few games, teams knew Riley couldn't throw, so they loaded up the box and J. Willimas still averaged 4.7 to Alisa's 3.8. Should be 70/30 Williams/Alisa as far as touches.

Salt Lake City, UT

Not sure why there are so many Alisa haters out there.......the guy was hurt last year.

Salt Lake City, UT

cool tattoos Cody

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

I never know what the coaches are thinking at BYU when it comes to running back. JJ DiLuigi averaged 5.3 yards per carry for basically his whole career which wasn't enough to impress coaches, so who knows what will happen with Williams/Alisa.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments