BYU's Jamaal Williams released from hospital after concussion

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Jamaal Williams had to be carted off the field after his concussion Saturday. (USATSI)
Jamaal Williams was carted off the field after his concussion Saturday. (USATSI)

BYU got some much-needed positive news Sunday when sophomore running back Jamaal Williams was released from the hospital following a scary moment in the Cougars' 20-13 loss to archrival Utah on Saturday.

Williams received a blow to the head after converting a fourth-and-1 for the Cougars late in the third quarter. He remained on the field for several minutes, was carted off and eventually taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for testing. Per a BYU statement, Williams was diagnosed with a concussion and severe stinger.

Williams remained hospitalized overnight for observation but was discharged Sunday morning. BYU characterized Williams's status as "day-to-day."

The Fontana, Calif., native is BYU's second-leading rusher for the season with 378 yards.

The complete statement from BYU:

BYU sophomore running back Jamaal Williams suffered a concussion and severe stinger during last night's BYU vs. Utah football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Williams is doing well and has been discharged this morning from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

He was taken to the hospital during the game to undergo imaging and other testing to eliminate concern of spine-related injury. He was alert and his condition continued to improve last night during testing. He was kept in the hospital overnight for observation.

The status for his return will be based on day-to-day progression and continued improvement throughout the week. BYU hosts Middle Tennessee on Friday night at 7 p.m. MT on ESPNU.

Williams suffered the injury while converting a fourth-and-one run for a first down on BYU's second drive of the third quarter. Williams entered the weekend as the nation's No. 3 rusher at 163.3 yards per game. He totaled 52 yards on an injury-shortened 13 carries on Saturday and currently ranks 10th nationally at 126 yards per game.

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