Ever since the departure of Jamaal Williams, BYU Football has struggled to have speed at the running back position, until now.
At the end of last season the running back position was a spot that needed some work. With Lopini Katoa and Tyler Allgeier as the only remaining players from last year at the position with any playing real experience, there were some nervous faces among BYU fans who know all to well the issue with keeping healthy backs through an entire season.
Ty’Son Williams, a 6-foot, 219-pound graduate transferring bruising back from South Carolina announced on social media that he would finish his last year of eligibility at BYU. This is what he posted to social media,
“I want to thank all the coaches and programs who reached out to give me an opportunity to continue my education for my last year,” Williams wrote. “With that being said I will continue my last year of eligibility at Brigham Young University.”
Williams started his career at North Carolina in 2015 but transferred to South Carolina in 2016. In two seasons at South Carolina, he rushed for 799 yards and 4 touchdowns. Last season he was slowed by a hand injury that only allowed him to play eight games. He will be cleared to play immediately and hopes to compete for the top spot against Katoa and Rice grad transfer Emmanuel Esukpa who transferred to BYU a month and a half ago.
Ty’Son Williams may make many BYU fans wonder if Jamal Williams is back with BYU because they have similar styles. Ty’Son is extremely quick on his feet and can turn on the afterburners. He is not afraid to take on the boys in the trenches either and his stout frame helps him to take a beating. He will be a great addition to the core running back group that is looking now like it will be one of the strengths of the team.
Below are Ty’Son and Jamaal William’s highlights. Although Ty’Son Williams has limited playing time and reps, it is worth noting that much of his production came against teams like Alabama and Georgia which may make Utah State and USF seem like the practice squad back in SEC country.