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BYU suspends starting RB Jamaal Williams for opener

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Jamaal Williams rushed for 1,233 yards in 2013. (USATSI)
Jamaal Williams rushed for 1,233 yards in 2013. (USATSI)

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A potentially tricky season opener for BYU at UConn has gotten even trickier.

Cougars tailback Jamaal Williams surprised reporters after Friday's practice by confirming rumors that he would be suspended one game over a BYU honor code violation, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Per the Tribune, Williams spent the practice with the BYU second-string.

"Most definitely I am [suspended]," Williams said. "They told me before camp started yesterday. It is something [where] you have to learn from your mistakes and overcome it. It is just one game. It isn't like half the season. I'll be OK."

Williams, 19, said the suspension was the result of the "combination" of a February arrest on an underage drinking charge and a second unspecified summer incident. The BYU honor code forbids the drinking of alcohol.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall admitted that he was surprised Williams had disclosed the suspension and said being asked about it by reporters "kind of put me in reaction mode." He said any other rumored disciplinary measures would be "handled internally."

A junior, Williams rushed for 1,233 yards and averaged 5.68 a carry in 2013. He said he would be available for the Cougars' second game of the season, a rematch of the 2013 meeting with Texas in which BYU rushed for 550 yards in a 40-21 victory, the most rushing yardage ever allowed by a Longhorns defense.

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