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BYU in the NFL: Jamaal Williams and Taysom Hill steal the spotlight in a big day for former BYU football players

Great day for BYU alumni in the NFL!

Arizona v BYU Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Between a 100 plus yard rushing day for Jamaal Williams and a memorable NFL debut for Taysom Hill, it was a good day for former BYU players in the NFL.

Jamaal Williams

Jamaal Williams had a career day in the Packers overtime win over the Tampa Buccaneers, finishing with 113 rushing yards and TD. Here is the video of the TD run:

The 113-yard performance was the first time a BYU running back has rushed for over 100 yards in a NFL game since Eric Lane back in 1984.

Jamaal was the focal point of the Packers’ offense, as he ran hard and fought for extra yards throughout the day.

Taysom Hill

Taysom made his NFL debut for the New Orleans Saints, but it wasn’t at QB. Listed as the number three QB on the Saints’ depth chart, Taysom found his way onto the field via special teams, and just about broke twitter doing so.

Early in the game, Taysom came off the edge to block a punt and helped force the punter to drop the snap:

Taysom was just getting started, however. A tackle on a kickoff return sent twitter into a frenzy and put a HUGE smile on Head Coach Sean Payton’s face. Watch the video for Payton’s reaction.

Fox announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman went on to gush about Taysom for the next quarter or so. Buck talked about a conversation he had with Coach Payton when Payton said that he “loves Taysom Hill” and considers Taysom the Saints QB of the future once the 39-year-old Drew Brees retires.

The Saints next game is this Thursday night versus the Falcons.

Other BYU players

  • Rookies Kai Nacua and Michael Davis got to face off in the Chargers-Browns game.
  • Kyle Van Noy recorded a sack for the New England Patriots.
  • Daniel Sorensen led the Kansas City Chiefs with 11 tackles.
  • Ziggy Ansah was the Lions second leading tackler on the day with 5 tackles.