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Morning links: Jamaal Williams called the most overlooked RB; Fredette, Kirk rekindle BYU-New Mexico rivalry in China

Brigham Young Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) celebrates in Phoenix on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. BYU leads 9-0 at half. BYU won 18-16.
Brigham Young Cougars running back Jamaal Williams (21) celebrates in Phoenix on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. BYU leads 9-0 at half. BYU won 18-16.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Tyler Brooke of Fansided's Saturday Blitz took a look a why BYU's Jamaal Williams is the nation's most overlooked running back.

After looking back at Williams' journey at BYU, Brooke writes, "Williams is an old-school guy. He doesn’t like to watch himself or compare himself to any current NFL stars. Instead, the BYU running back spent his time away from the team watching some former NFL legends."

Brooke then turned his focus to what Williams has done this season, saying, "After a few more games, Williams started to hit his stride. In a three-game span against West Virginia, Toledo and Michigan State, Williams ran for 618 yards and nine touchdowns, including his five-touchdown, 286-yard performance against the Rockets."

He then looked at where Williams would like to be after his BYU career, saying, "Williams admits that he hopes to be playing in the NFL after his senior season. While that may be a difficult task considering the number of talented backs in this year’s draft class, the fact that he’s even in the situation to be a legitimate NFL draft pick is incredible after spending a year and a half away from the game."


Fredette, Kirk rekindle BYU-New Mexico rivalry in China


While New Mexico and BYU are no longer Mountain West Conference rivals, there are still plenty of memories from the past matchups. Former New Mexico big man Alex Kirk tweeted about it after a facing off against Jimmer Fredette and the Shanghai Sharks.

Fredette responded to the Kirk tweet with one of his own.

Fredette and the Sharks won the game 92-80.


ESPNW says BYU women's soccer can win it all


Graham Hays of ESPNW looked at the favorites, the spoilers and the best first-round game for the NCAA women's soccer tournament and has the BYU Cougars as one of the teams that could win it all.

Of the Cougars' chances, he writes, "the Cougars got stuck with a No. 4 seed in South Carolina's part of the bracket and likely just a single home game in Provo. But a team with Ashley Hatch, Nadia Gomes, Michele Vasconcelos and the fifth highest-scoring offense in the nation could fit nicely in the spoiler role."

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.