A violation of the sacred honor code at BYU will cost running back Jamaal Williams one game to start the 2014 season. Williams was the one to confirm the suspension news to media covering BYU fall camp on Friday. It had been previously reported Williams was arrested for suspicion of underage drinking in February and rumors have flown about concerning another possible violation in July.
“Most definitely I am [going to be suspended],” Williams told reporters Friday (via The Salt Lake Tribune). “But after that I can come back for the Texas game. … They told me before camp started yesterday. It is something [where] you have to learn from your mistakes and overcome it. It is just one game. It isn’t like half the season. I’ll be OK.”
In March, after charges were filed against Williams, it was reported the running back was in great standing at BYU. Williams had rushed for 1,233 yards and seven touchdowns, both good for second on the team behind quarterback Taysom Hill.
BYU opens the 2014 season on the road against Connecticut on Friday, August 29. The following week BYU will visit Texas in Austin, where the Longhorns are likely to have some revenge on the mind after last year’s disaster in Provo. As Williams suggested when addressing the media, he will be back for that game.