Jamaal Williams

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Jamaal Malik Williams (born April 3, 1995) is a running back for the Green Bay Packers.

He attended and played football at Summit High School in Fontana, California and, after a stand-out career there, went on to play college football at BYU.

During his freshman year at BYU (2012), he had 775 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 27 receptions, 315 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown. Of note, on September 28, against Hawaii, he had 155 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. On October 27, against Georgia Tech, he had 107 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, and three receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. And on November 10, against Idaho, he had 104 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

In his sophomore year, he finished with 1,233 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns, 18 receptions, and 125 receiving yards. This included games of 169 total yards, 182 yards, 131 yards and 219 yards.

A knee injury curtailed his Junior campaign, and he was also out the 2015 season, but returned for his senior year season, amassing 1,375 yards on 234 carries and 12 touchdowns, leading the independent conference in all three categories. Overall, during his college career, he rushed for a school-record 3,901 yards on 726 carries with 35 touchdowns.

Williams was drafted by the Packers in the fourth round with the 134th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. On September 10, 2017, in his NFL debut, Williams had two rushes for nine yards in a 17–9 victory over the Seahawks. In Week 9, against the Lions, he scored his first career rushing touchdown and on December 3, against Tampa Bay, he had 113 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Overall, he finished his rookie season with 556 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 25 receptions, 262 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns. That rushing total was the team-season high and the fourth most by a Green Bay rookie in team history.

His 153 carries were the third most in franchise history by a rookie behind only RBs Eddie Lacy and John Brockington. His receiving yards were the most by a Green Bay rookie running back since Keith Woodside totaled 352 yards in 1988 and he became the first rookie in team history to register a rushing TD/receiving TD in two games (Week 12 at Pittsburgh, Week 14 at Cleveland). He registered 100-plus yards from scrimmage in four of the final six games.

In the 2018 season, Williams recorded 464 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, and 27 receptions for 210 receiving yards.

The 2019 season promises to be another good one for Williams with the Packers new emphasis on the running attack under Coach Matt LaFleur.