Former BYU running back Jamaal Williams is a California kid who got used to playing in some inclement weather during his time in Provo.
That experience apparently paid off last Sunday when the current Green Bay Packer braved frigid Chicago temperatures and unexpectedly led the Packers with 20 carries for 67 yards in a 23-16 victory over the Chicago Bears.
“I love running hard,” Williams told USA Today. “I love downhills, and just powers and stuff like that. I want to show other things I can do, being finesse and juice and stuff like that. But a little rainy out there, you can’t really get your knees up and stuff."
Mika earns Eurobasket honors
Former BYU star Eric Mika scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds in leading his team, VL Pesaro, to an 80-75 win over New Basket Brindisi on Sunday. For his efforts, he received Eurobasket.com Player of the Week honors for Italian Serie A.
In his rookie season, Mika is averaging 15.7 points and 7.6 rebounds.
BYU still 'owns' UNLV
Here's how the Cougars knocked off the Rebels last Friday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"The Cougars are now 9-0 against UNLV in Las Vegas, which might explain why so much late money went the way of the team from Provo, Utah," wrote Ed Graney. "The line dropped from UNLV minus-4 to minus-1. BYU isn’t any good, every ounce of 3-8. And yet this wasn’t close at all up front. UNLV again was the little guy to a much bigger and tougher man."
Here's a season preview of the BYU basketball team's first road opponent Wednesday night, Princeton.
"Back in the day, Princeton basketball meant backdoor baskets, tough defense and non-conference schedules against some of the top programs in the country," wrote Paul Franklin for The Times of Trenton. "Although the back door is usually closed these days, it's back to the future for this year's men's team. And they seem ready to go."