BYU football Top 25 Countdown to Camp: No. 6

2014-07-26T06:00:00Z 2014-07-26T16:55:33Z BYU football Top 25 Countdown to Camp: No. 6Jared Lloyd Daily Herald Daily Herald
July 26, 2014 6:00 am  • 

No. 6: Jamaal Williams, BYU junior running back

Note: As the final month before the BYU football team starts fall camp ticks away, here is Jared Lloyd's list of the Top 25 individuals who will have the biggest impact on the success of the Cougars in 2014.

He might be the most explosive player on the entire BYU football roster.

When Williams arrived in Provo as a 17-year-old freshman, most fans might've had an idea of his potential -- but the junior turned possibility into reality even faster than most would've guessed.

As a running back with a great sense of humor and an explosiveness through the hole that the Cougars don't often see, Williams has to become the main threat in the BYU running attack.

Yes, Cougar junior quarterback Taysom Hill ended up with 111 more yards on the ground than Williams last year, but BYU needs Hill to do more with his arm and risk less with his running.

That means Williams, who finished with 1,233 yards on 217 carries with seven touchdowns last year, needs to match, or even exceed, the pace from 2013.

He also needs to follow the lead of many other great Cougar running backs -- Harvey Unga, Curtis Brown, Luke Staley, etc. -- and develop into a greater threat in the BYU passing attack.

Williams only caught 18 passes for 125 yards last season, numbers that can definitely increase this fall.

Whether on a handoff or catching the ball out of the backfield, the Cougars need to make sure a playmaker like Williams has plenty of opportunities to change the game.

If the junior gets those chances and continues to do what he has already shown he can do, the BYU offense will be even more explosive in 2014.

Daily Herald sports editor ​Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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