Dick Harmon: BYU Football -- Can BYU's Williams end up a 1,000-yard rusher?

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  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Nov. 8, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    To: CougFaninTX - Frisco, TX: Based upon what we have seen this year, do you expect a better record in the future when playing the line up of teams that you have mentioned? Until this coaching staff and program are reorganized and molded into teams resembeling those of prior years at BYU, we will watch the same thing on TV. I guess this is the type of exposure that BYU wanted when it went independent. I really do not look for alot of improvement in the coming years until the BYU AD makes some decisions regarding this team.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    To add to BYU Deek's comments, a D1 running back coming out of high school has a lot to learn. Learning all the plays is not all that easy. Very few freshman are up to that level early on. The fact that a runner is fast, quick, shifty, strong or whatever does not guarantee he knows when to hit the hole at the right time or to run left instead of right. Even Luke Staley had a learning curve, and Harvey Unga was more effective in the second half of his freshman season than the first, and that was after sitting out (but still working out) for the previous year. Jamaal is not only a true freshman, but he is a year younger than most freshmen. I really didn't expect him to play much at all before thye season started.

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Nov. 7, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Jamaal is a special talent. Can't wait until next year. If we can take care of things on the front line it should be a great season.

  • BYU Deek Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 2:28 p.m.


    While I would be extremely happy with Andy Reid coaching BYU. . . I don't think he would necessarily let BYU dictate the terms of his coming. I don't know what the relationship between he and Bronco is, so to assume that Bronco would be willing to step down to D.C. so that Reid can be head coach is absolutely ridiculous.
    Also, about Jamaal: It is sad that he didn't receive the amount of carries in Sept. that he has received since, but remember, to start the season Alisa was our best RB threat, until he got injured. That was also Williams' break out game. I do not blame the coaches for not playing an unproven commodity in big games. They were too focused back then on whether or not Riley could play, and whether or not to play Taysom Hill.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    Silly hypotheticals. A complete waste of a story guessing at how many yards he can get.

  • ClarkeinAK Anchorage, AK
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    I'm hoping the changes the AD stated included showing Doman the door and making Bronco the defensive coordinator...Andy Reid and his walrus moustache would look real good on the Cougar sidelines next year - he will be job hunting real soon and the Y would be foolish not to offer him the sun, moon and a few stars to get him to coach there.

    As far as Williams goes - can't believe he's only 17, WOW!!! The fact that he wasn't used early shows why my first paragraph is true. The current coaches are clueless when it comes to offense and use of talent on that side of the ball.

  • aunt lucy Looneyville, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    Williams is the most talented running back BYU has ever gotten their hands on. Hope they can keep him all four years.

  • shorts Payson, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:43 a.m.

    This kid is going to be fun to watch for the next three years

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    @The Deuce - "The ESPN games are now scheduled for 8:15pm start times in November. Does this sound like a program going in the right direction?" The game is actually 7:15 pm your time. That's prime time. It's only 30 minutes later than the NFL plays MNF. Sorry if it's past your bed time.

    But to answer your question "the right direction" is about the future not the present. The future includes games against Texas, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Boise State, West Virgina. Next year's we play Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Hawaii for three of our final four games. So to answer your question, yes, this sounds like a program going in the right direction.

    Thanks for continuing to read about and follow the BYU Cougars!

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:41 p.m.

    Well, let's see who BYU plays the next 2 weeks? I think a blind dog could rush for enough yards to make it to be a 1000 yard rusher. This is not a slam on Williams but rather on the state of BYU football and their schedule. Williams is a fine player with much promise. He would shine even more if he were on a better team. I am hoping the Cougar AD will follow through on his recent words regarding changes that need to take place with this program and the coaching staff. This season was over early in September. The ESPN games are now scheduled for 8:15pm start times in November. Does this sound like a program going in the right direction?

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    This is what BYU football has come down to: maybe a freshman RB can deliver some excitement??? Pathetic.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 8:59 p.m.

    Texas, you got it. With the relationship of pass vs run, the only way he eclipses 100 yards is in close games. Blow outs and he'd better be protected. What he would have to do is out of the blocks break a couple of big runs early on. Possible with two of the teams.

    But we also need Riley and Co to use their (hopefully limited due to high scoring) field time practicing throws that are more down field. Catch a few of those and you can count Jamaal done for the day.

    I know the critics act as if nothing matters from here on out, but the SJSU game matters and the bowl game matters, and we hope the other two turn out to be scrimmages. Televised.

    I'd like to keep Jamaal happy, but if it comes to it, I'd rather see Apo get some good work, keep Hoff happy and get the tight-ends back into production. That's my two bits.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 7:18 p.m.

    Football statistics are impacted by rules and definitions (duh). A passer or runner can have their numbers inflated or deflated by the definition of the play. QB runs the option...a lateral counts towards the runners yards, a pass adds to the QBs stats. Lately, BYU has found success with the shovel pass, which, in reality, is a lateral in terms of QB skills. Yet, it counts as passing yard, just as a screen pass does. While a screen pass angled a few degrees away from the line, now becomes a lateral.

    Bottom line: just score!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    Williams will get half what he needs against Idaho. Other schools pad their stats at the beginning of the year, BYU at the end. Good for Williams.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    Could he get it? Yes. Should he get it? No. I have no doubt that he could get 150+ against Idaho and another 150+ against NMSU. SJSU and our opponent in the Poinsetta will be much better competition, but he could likely get enough to bring him to 1,000 for the season.

    But most of our starters should be invisible in the 2nd half of these two games. We should have a 3 to 4 touchdown lead at halftime, and Williams should be holding a clip board not raking up meaningless yards against a weak opponent. It would be just our luck, that he would get injured.

    Let Lasike have the second half of these games, and let Lark pass the ball to some of our 2nd and 3rd string receivers. The experience will be valuable in the future.