An incident that occurred over a month ago could have a significant impact on BYU’s ground game moving forward.
Multiple media outlets in the area are reporting that running back Jamaal Williams was arrested on Feb. 16 and charged with underage consumption of alcohol. The junior pleaded not guilty to the charge, and a pre-trial conference is scheduled for May 7.
Details of what led to the arrest have not yet been made available.
Thus far, the school has declined to say what if any type of punitive measures Williams could be facing. Williams has been a full participant in spring practice for the Cougars this year, although it’s unclear if the coaching staff was aware of the incident.
If Williams were to be suspended for any length of time, it would serve as a significant blow to the Cougars’ offense. In 2012, he led Cougar running backs with 1,233 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns. As a true freshman in 2012, he led the team with 775 yards and 12 touchdowns despite playing very sparingly the first four games of the year.