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BYU Football News: Ty’Son Williams declares for NFL Draft, K Skyler Southam enters transfer portal

Good luck to Ty’Son and Skyler!

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BYU 5th-year senior running back Ty’Son Williams officially announced that he will not pursue a 6th-year waiver and instead declare for the NFL Draft.

Ty’Son thanked his coaches, teammates, family and Cougar Nation. Here’s what Ty’Son had to say when he thanked BYU fans:

Cougar Nation: Thank you for accepting me for who I was. In only 4 games I gave you all everything I had and more. Unfortunately my season came to an end short but that span of time was the player I had aspired to be the moment I stepped on campus.

After talking to my family, friends and coaches I have decided to forgo a sixth season and pursue my lifelong dream. I will be declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Ty’Son’s BYU career was cut short due to an ACL injury, but he was arguably the best BYU back after Jamaal Williams this decade. In just over 4 games, Ty’Son ran for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns. He ran for 92 yards and 2 TDs versus Tennessee, including the game-winning touchdown where he willed himself over the goal line. His 99 rushing yards versus USC also were an integral part in BYU’s upset win.

Had Ty’Son been healthy the whole season, BYU likely wins at least 9 games and has a very different season. Ty’Son took a chance by coming across the country from South Carolina to an unfamiliar place and culture in Provo, Utah, but he made a huge impact in his short time.

Best of luck to Ty’Son in his NFL journey!

Skyler Southam

Sophomore kicker Skyler Southam reportedly entered the transfer portal Thursday.

The former high school All-American kicker was BYU’s starting kicker as a freshman but lost his starting spot to Jake Oldroyd this season. Southam was the main kickoff man this year and was the starting kicker at San Diego State, but went 1-3 on kicks.

BYU is in a scholarship crunch and couldn’t afford two underclassmen kickers on scholarship, so Southam frees up a spot that BYU can use on someone else.

Southam joins QB Joe Critchlow as the second BYU player to enter the transfer portal, but surely will not be the last.