BYU will play the rest of the 2014 season without one of its top offensive players, again. Running back Jamaal Williams will miss the final three games of the season after injuring his knee against Middle Tennessee State.
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said Williams will undergo surgery on Tuesday for significant injuries. Mendenhall confirmed the injury will keep Williams out for the rest of the season. The injury to Williams occurred late in the third quarter of BYU’s victory over Middle Tennessee. Nate Carter has been listed behind Williams on the depth chart, but it is unconfirmed now who will step up to replace Williams out of the backfield for BYU.
Williams was BYU’s leading rusher with 518 yards. He had been tasked with carrying the load of the offense since the injury to quarterback Taysom Hill, who was lost for the season with a broken leg in early October. At 5-4, BYU is one win shy of clinching its spot in the Miami Beach Bowl. As long as BYU can clinch bowl eligibility, the Cougars have a spot reserved in the new bowl game. BYU should be able to get at least one more win with three remaining games against UNLV, Savannah State and California.