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Published: Saturday, June 28 2014 5:40 p.m. MDT

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Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

I will be thrilled with an average above 100 yds/game this year. If Williams takes the record this year it will be icing on the cake.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Why didnt unga play his senior year? He wasn't even drafted in the nfl draft so leaving early was not the best decision

River Falls, WI

"just me getting into my grown man body."


Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

The only "pressure" should be self-imposed and to just do his best on every play. Nothing more, nothing less. He, nor anyone else, should not be "worrying" about any records!

Salt Lake City, UT

Good back with both speed and power.

Good luck to him.

Heber City, UT

@Chris B

Unga decided to return for his senior season, but then he was suspended and expelled from school for honor code violations. He applied to be re-admitted, but was denied, forcing him to try to make an NFL roster. So his "decision" to leave early was more because he didn't have a choice.

Unfortunately for him, by the time all these events played out, the NFL draft had already taken place, so he went to the supplemental draft, where he was drafted.

As we all know, it has been a rocky road for him ever since.

As for your comment on Williams thinking BYU was a division 2 school (which you mention a little too often), it doesn't really matter. He came to BYU didn't he? He is having success at BYU isn't he? I honestly don't care what he thought as long as he came.

Saint Paul, MN

Will be great to see a multi-faceted offense this year.

When I asked my then 8-year-old son, if he had to start a football team from scratch, which positions would he go after first, he thought for a moment and said, "Offensive line." How profound. If this line lives up to their capabilities, it could be one incredible year both through the air and on land!

And is it just me, or does anyone else think "Chris" was born with a sour pickle in his mouth?

Bountiful Guy
Bountiful, UT

I would like to see play calling to be consistent with Coach Anae's assessment. Taysom Hill could become an option QB instead of the predictable QB-draw player he was last year. Taysom Hill could opt for passing to crossing patterns, seam-running by tight ends, RB's over the middle, and quick slants. And we mustn't forget a great running game, too. We could have an offense that really mixes it up. All the players and tools are here. When nothing is available, he could option himself for a scramble for 10-30 yards. How fun would this kind of game be? It's all up to you, coach. Win games. Don't concern yourself with individual records. Great teams focus on the strategy of a game plan and the records tumble naturally.

Go Cougars.

Mesa, AZ

He'll do well, if for no other reason than byu's schedule is so utterly weak....He's talented but won't receive a great deal of resistance by their opponents....Independence, gotta love it! Lol

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Williams is a proven commodity. Anae's the one that should be feeling the pressure; he's the one who'll have to call the right plays. With that schedule and good play calling, it could happen.

I sense a new t-shirt slogan!

Park City, UT

Following Chris B's line of reasoning that every player who plays a particular position at a particular school is destined for the same fate as his predecessors, Kendall Thompson and Travis Wilson are destined for the same injury-plagued, career-ending meltdowns as Jordan Wynn.

Why did Wynn miss most of his junior season and why didn't he play his senior year?

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

46 carries for 163 yards. Not bad stats for a running back in a game? But for the top five running backs mentioned in the article combinred professional careers?

Gilbert, AZ

Gotta laugh at CB's desperate attempt to shift the discussion from the possibility of Jamaal becoming BYU's all-time leading rusher.

To do that Jamaal would have to surpass a BYU player who was the best running back in the nation his senior season, winner of the Doak Walker award, an accomplishment that is inconceivable for a program like Utah, which has never won a national individual award of any kind.

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

He seems like a fine young man and very good athlete. I don't see where any pressure is coming from other than manufactured by the author of this article. Do your best and have a great year.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Don't expect any changes. The offense will be runs up the middle, quarterback draw, and passes far down field. This will be another 8 or 9 win season.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT


Seriously, the argument about BYU's schedule is really foolish. Its still going to be a top-50 schedule with seven teams on it that went bowling last year. Texas, UCF and Boise State have all won "BCS" games. Houston and USU are pretty good right now. Those five games are all strong opponents. MTS will likely be around the same strength winning 8-9 games, while I expect Nevada will be back above .500 while UNLV just below.

The bad teams are Cal, UConn and Virginia; however those squads are supposed to be "power five teams". I am pretty excited to play all three of those squads and Savannah State. Even the perceived bad games are something most of cougar nation will enjoy.

IF BYU wins, they will be rewarded. Get to six, go bowling. Get to ten and be ranked. Eleven wins during the regular season should be enough to go to one of the New Year bowls. Get all twelve and BYU will likely advance to the playoffs.

Mesa, AZ

I'd be interested in hearing all about the NFL careers of all of these RBs mentioned w/in this article....Anybody?

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"Utah, which has never won a national individual award of any kind."


Thank you for the last-century history lesson. Now tell us, how many times--last century or this--BYU has produced a No. 1 overall draft pick? Or, had more than one undefeated season?

Hint: Rhymes with never.


"BYU’s offensive line has more combined starts than any group returning in the NCAA." Yet they still haven't proven that they can get it done up front against the big boys. The fact that Williams is even in this position is a testament to his talent. I hope BYU has a good season. But they sound exactly like they did last year, a lot of talk without much to back it up in the regular season. Last year they lacked the heart and mental toughness to win the big games (the University of Houston win was not a big game) against big teams. The coaching BYU coaching staff hasn't proven that they can get that type of effort out of a very talented team. How about less talk in June and more results in the fall.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

It wouldn't be summer in Utah without projections of impending BYU football glory.

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