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BYU football: Just-released documentary details Jamaal Williams' career at BYU, journey to NFL draft

Published April 19, 2017 4:47 pm
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Can't get enough of BYU running back Jamaal Williams?

Well, here's your latest fix — a 35-minute documentary on Williams' record-setting career at BYU and his quest to get selected in the NFL Draft next week.

It's a great behind-the-scenes look at Williams on BYU's Pro Day last month (March 24), and much more, but it mostly avoids Williams' struggles and his withdrawal before the 2015 season.

Williams gives a tour of the BYU campus, including the football meeting rooms, offices, locker rooms and the players' lounge.

One of his religion professors, Dr. Mark D. Ogletree, is interviewed about how the senior fit in as a "double-minority" — a non-LDS, African-American athlete at BYU. Ogletree is the father of former BYU linebacker Brandon Ogletree.

It will probably even rile up University of Utah fans, because there's a short scene in which Williams notes that BYU defeated both Utah and Utah State to win the "state championship" or the "battle of the beehive."

As BYU fans are well aware, BYU hasn't defeated Utah since 2009, a few years before Williams arrived in Provo. The teams didn't meet in 2014.

The best part of the doc, in my opinion, is the focus on Williams' mother, Nicole, and how she is her kids' "No. 1 cheerleader."

Near the end, there's a scene in which Williams thanks BYU and its fans for the support and says, "I will be sure to make them proud."

Media Mangy, a marketing and branding multimedia firm, spent three days on campus in March to shoot the documentary.

The NFL Draft is April 27-29.






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