Just like his mom: Mother Nicolle has molded BYU's Jamaal Williams into the person he is

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  • Carson Provo, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    Marysville, WA

    @The Solution
    " I want this year to finish 11-2 with a win over Utah in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl!"

    If we go 11-2, with wins against ND and Wisconsin, it is possible we will not be playing in the KFH Bowl.

    That said, I would also like to see the Cougs take another whack at Utah.

    LOL! After losing four straight rivalry games you want another loss to Utah? See ya in 16 the Utes have already done their talking on the field. I'm sure they have bigger plans than Byu!

  • Malihini Northern, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    Nice story about what a great family.

    Also, congratulations and recognition to the BYU coaches for not rushing Jamaal back to soon following that serious injury. Not all D-1 coaches would do that.

  • davewhittle Springville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    What a great story! Honored to be a Cougar fan with Jamal's Mom, and proud to know the school attracts such consistently high quality people as Jamal and his Mom! Rooting for Jamal to break every school running record and go on to an NFL career!

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    The world needs more Nicolles to raise children with the attitude of accountability and striving for excellence!

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Oct. 11, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    @The Solution
    " I want this year to finish 11-2 with a win over Utah in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl!"

    If we go 11-2, with wins against ND and Wisconsin, it is possible we will not be playing in the KFH Bowl.

    That said, I would also like to see the Cougs take another whack at Utah.

    Oct. 11, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    Jamaal is a great student/athlete to have at BYU and really represent BYU well! BYU needs all the students it can get with such a great attitude as his.

    There is a video on youtube of Jamaal's sister Jaela from 2011 after she won the USA Youth Outdoors girls' 100m and 200m races. She said she would go to UCLA just like her mom did. Who knows she might change her mind and come to BYU, we'd love to have her!

  • cougar76 Raleigh, NC
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    After the GT game last year, my family and I met Jamaal and spent some time talking to his mother. We can say that this article describes the mother and son we met perfectly. I thank Coach for finding young men like Jamaal who can play football and at the same time are true to the TRADITIONs and SPIRIT of BYU, and conduct themselves with HONOR.

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    mindgames: 8-4? Come on man have some faith. I want this year to finish 11-2 with a win over Utah in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl!

    We love seeing Jamaal healthy on the field, but there have been two scary plays this year that have made me pray for this kid to be able to recover for quality of life reasons (not football reasons). I thought he was done for when his back was split in half at the end of the Texas game. Somehow he miraculously recovered.

    So while I love watching you play, young man, take care of yourself! You don't have to play scared, but keep your head up and run so fast that they can't touch you.

    Go COUGS!!!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Oct. 11, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    Jamaal is a special young man and it appears he's got a jewel of a mother! Sorry the father is not around for his kids but kudos to the young mother for doing a marvelous job of raising them successfully alone. Being a single mother to one child is a difficult enough let alone to two or more. In this case, who needs a father? Wish Jamaal and his family the best in the future! Hope Jamaal will finish his career as the best running back ever to wear blue at BYU!

    Go Cougars! Go Utes and Aggies too this weekend and the rest of your season!

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Oct. 11, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    Thanks for sharing Janaal's relationship with his mom. It is never a mystery where true student athletes get their drive for excellence. Parents and coaches have a tremendous influence on young people and that is one of the great benefits of sports, whether team or individual.

    Jamaal chose to come to BYU for many reasons including scholastics and the honor code. As a fan of BYU I am happy, happy, happy that he has been successful and that we have two more years to enjoy watching him perfect his craft.

    Here's hoping that his entire experience at BYU can build on what family has created.

    By the way score three touchdowns and rush for 150 yards this week against Georgia Tech.

    BYU 8-4 and a bowl victory over a PAC 10.2 team.

    Gooooooo Cougars!!!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 6:23 a.m.

    Thank you for the "rest of the story" about Jamaal. We have followed him closely since day 1 at BYU. He is a tremendous role model for others off and on the field. Thanks to his mom and reaffirming the power of great parenting!

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 5:31 a.m.

    I love the MAN he is becoming! This is what life is all about, using a sport to better yourself physically, but keeping everything in perspective. Wish there were more "MOM's" out there like his. In this day and age we could use all we can get!

  • ER in AF Harare, Zimbabwe, 00
    Oct. 11, 2013 12:15 a.m.

    If the Mom is right, the kids are right. OK, not every time, but usually if the Mom is a stud the sons are too. Go Jamaal, and thank you for your time at the Y in pads, and good luck after you get through. The perspective your Mom has will lead you to success after football.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 11:47 p.m.

    Sounds like Nicole is almost as tough, competitive and protective as Steve Young's mom!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 10, 2013 11:17 p.m.

    Great to learn more about an impressive young man. So glad you came to Provo. You have influenced many people and will influence many more.

  • SoCalTrueBlue San Diego, CA
    Oct. 10, 2013 10:14 p.m.

    I was wondering how Jamaal came to have the intangibles to be a champion. Now I know. Thanks, Mom.

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:16 p.m.

    Jamaal Williams is one of my all-time favorite players at BYU, not necessarily because of what he has done on the field, although injury barring that will come, but because of his personality, positive attitude, work ethic, etc. He has been mature from day 1 despite being so young and in some ways a very different environment from where he grew up. I can't wait to see him continue to succeed on and off the field the rest of his career.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:14 p.m.

    Jamaal is a stud. Great to have a guy like this in the program.

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    Nicolle, send your daughter to BYU too! It's a great environment, as Jamaal has found. Seriously, though, you can probably tell that we love Jamaal, and it isn't just for his playing ability. And let your son know that the coaches are doing the right thing. Could he have played more? Probably. But I am sooooo glad that their first priority is the well-being of the kids on the team, rather than looking at how much they can get out of them for short-term benefit.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:03 p.m.

    There is nothing in this world more influential or important than a good parent!

  • JMH Provo, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    This young man is what student athletes are supposed to be. I loved the part where his mother said he did not maintain a 3.0 GPA he had to move back on campus. That is what parenting is all about. She realizes that athletics are not the end game of life but education will carry you long after sports are a thing of the past. I congratulate her on raising a fine son and for having the courage to do what is right when needed.