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Sonoran Hot Reads: BYU needs Jamaal Williams to be his old self

The Cougars’ running back will be returning this weekend after a year away from football

Houston v BYU Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images

When the BYU Cougars take the field on Saturday against the Arizona Wildcats, an old face will be making an appearance for them. Jamaal Williams, who withdrew from school prior to the 2015 season, is back and ready to resume his role as BYU’s starting running back. Just 930 yards shy of the school’s all-time rushing record, Williams’ ability to hit his stride early will be crucial for this offense. With Ty Detmer running the offense now, Williams will be even more important than before

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Basketball

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Baseball

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Other sports

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Tucson news

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