Week 11: Former BYU star Jamaal Williams adds 3 rushing TDs to NFL lead tally as Lions Giants stun ‘ Utah

Former BYU running back Jamaal Williams celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the Lions’ 31-18 win over the Giants on Sunday, November 20, 2022. Photo: Jeff Nguyen/Detroit Lions

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, Nov. 20, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — There are many reasons to like Jamaal Williams, said Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell, taking a moment to list a few during a post-game interview Sunday.

“Production speaks for itself” said Campbell. “And all you see and know about him is exactly who he is. He is all heart. He’s emotion, he’s heart and he’s just a consistent, productive, hard-working, intelligent footballer.”

Williams’ production in his sixth NFL season was league-leading. The former Brigham Young University running back scored three touchdowns as the Lions stunned the New York Giants 31-18 at Metlife Stadium for their third straight win.

Williams finished with 17 carries for 64 yards, including a 4-yard TD and two 1-yard scores. His third rushing TD of the day was his 12th of the season – currently the most in the NFL.

With the hat trick in Week 11, Williams the first Lions player with a dozen rushing TDs in a season since franchise legend Barry Sanders in 1997.

It was the fifth game with multiple rushing touchdowns this season for Williams, who scored twice in Weeks 1, 3, 4 and 8. He joins Sanders as the only Lions player to score multiple goals in five games in a season.

He is also only the fourth NFL player since 2000 to have five games with multiple rushing touchdowns in the first 10 games of a season, alongside LaDainian Tomlinson (2006), Shaun Alexander (2005) and Priest Holmes (2003).

“Really, I just feel like I’m doing my job,” Williams said after the game. “I just want to come in here and do my job at the highest possible level and I really just want to impact people with my game. I just want to keep going. I really just want my team to win.”

All Utah former college or high school football players listed below are on active NFL rosters unless otherwise noted. Players are listed by name, position, and past college and/or high school, along with a summary of their week 11 performance.

Arizona Cardinals

  • Leki Fotu, DT, Utah/Herriman: The Cardinals take on the 49ers Monday night in Mexico City.
  • Nick Vigil, LB, Utah/Fremont: Was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 8 after injuring a hamstring in Week 4 against the Panthers. He can return if he is healthy.
  • Ty’Son Williams, RB, BYU: Signed on practice team Oct. 12.

Atlanta Falcons

  • Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU: In the Falcons’ 27-24 win over the Bears, he carried the ball for 55 yards eight times and caught a pass for 9 yards.

Baltimore Ravens

  • Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah: Active in the Ravens’ 13-3 win over the Panthers.
  • Marcus Williams, S, Utah: Was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 11 after dislocating his wrist in Week 5 against the Bengals. He is expected to miss a “significant” stretch of time but the injury wasn’t the end of the season.

buffalo bills

  • Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Made eight tackles (four solo) in the Bills’ 31-23 win over the Browns in a game played in Detroit because there was several feet of snow in western New York.

Carolina Panther

  • Brady Christensen, OL, BYU/Bountiful: Started on the left in the Panthers’ 13-3 loss to the Ravens.
  • Derek Wright, WR, Utah State/Snow/Manti: Returned to the practice team on Oct. 10 after being placed on the active roster in Week 5.

Chicago Bears

  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Recovered from a fumble for the first time in his NFL career and ended the Bears’ 27-24 loss to the Falcons with two tackles (one solo).
  • Braxton Jones, OL, Southern Utah/Murray: Started on left tackle in road loss.
  • Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State/Weber: Snapped the ball on four punts, three PATs (3 on 3) and two field goal attempts (1 on 2).

Cincinnati Bengal

  • Jalen Davis, CB, Utah: Active in the Bengals’ 37-30 win over the Steelers.
  • Jay Tufele, DT, Bingham: Made two tackles in away win.

Cleveland Browns

  • Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: Made nine tackles (four solo) in the Browns’ 31-23 loss to the Bills.

Dallas Cowboys

  • Simi Fehoko, WR, Brighton: Placed on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in training on October 15. He can return if he is healthy.
  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham: Ended the Cowboys’ 40-3 win over the Vikings with three catches for 22 yards.
  • Mika Tafua, DE, Utah: Signed on the practice team Sept. 22.

Denver Broncos

  • Garett Bolles, OL, Utah/Westlake: Placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury against the Colts in Week 5 on Oct. 10. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.
  • Harvey Langi, LB, BYU: Made a solo tackle in the Broncos’ 22-16 loss to the Raiders after being accepted into the active roster on Saturday.
  • Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Was placed on injured reserve on August 4 after tearing a cruciate ligament in practice. He is expected to miss the entire 2022 season.

Detroit Lions

  • Darrin Paulo, OL, Utah: New enrollment in practice team on September 14th.
  • Penei Sewell, OL, Desert Hills: Started with the right tackle in the Lions’ 31-18 win over the Giants.
  • Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: Read the story above for the former BYU running back’s latest multiple touchdown play.

Green Bay packers

  • Tipa Galeai, LB, Utah: Was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 15 after injuring a hamstring in Week 5 against the Giants. He can return if he is healthy.
  • Dallin Leavitt, S, Utah: Made a tackle in the Packers’ 27-17 loss to the Titans on Thursday night.
  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Active for home loss.

Houston Texans


Indianapolis Colts

  • Julian Blackmon, S, Utah/Layton: Finished with five tackles (four solo) and one tackle for a loss in the Cots’ 17-16 loss to the Eagles.
  • Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Carried the ball twice for a total of 7 yards in the home loss.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah: The Jaguars had a bye in Week 11.

Kansas City chiefs

  • Zayne Anderson, CB, BYU/Stansbury: Signed on practice team Aug. 31.

Las Vegas robbers

Chargers from Los Angeles

  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Had three tackles (all solo stops) in the Chargers’ 30-27 loss to the Chiefs Sunday night.
  • Alohi Gilman, S, Orem: Recovered from a fumble in the fourth quarter to end with two tackles (one solo) in home loss.
  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Made two tackles and added two QB hits as the Chargers fell to 5-5.

Los Angeles Rams

  • Matt Gay, K, Utah/Orem: Connected on both field goal attempts (58 and 33 yards) and went 2-on-2 on PATs in the Rams’ 27-20 loss to the Saints.
  • Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Tie for a game high with 11 tackles (four solo) in road loss.
  • Jonah Williams, DT, Weber State: Active when the Rams fell to 3-7.

Miami Dolphins

  • James Empey, OL, BYU/American Fork: Signed on practice team Sept. 1.
  • Porter Gustin, LB, Salem Hills: Was placed on practice team injured reserve on Oct. 13 with an undisclosed injury.
  • Eric Rowe, S, Utah: The Dolphins had a bye in week 11.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU/Granger: Finished the game with four tackles (three solo), one lost tackle and one pass defended in the Vikings’ 40-3 loss to the Cowboys.

New England Patriots

Saints of New Orleans

  • Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial: Played the best game of his NFL career, finishing with 11 tackles (six solo), 1.5 sacks, two QB hits, one tackle for a loss and one pass defended for a game-high 27:20 Saints win over Rams.
  • Chase Hansen, LB, Utah/Lone Peak: Placed on injured reserve on Nov. 7 with a knee injury. He can return in Week 13 against the Buccaneers.
  • Taysom Hill, TE/QB, BYU: Finished the game with nine carries for 52 yards and one reception for 8 yards and completed 1 of 3 passes for 14 yards in the home win.
  • Rashid Shaheed, WR/RS, Weber State: Returned four punts for 40 total yards, with a long return of 17 yards. He also had a catch for 8 yards.
  • Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Made a solo tackle as the Saints improved to 4-7.
  • Nephi Sewell, LB, Utah/Desert Hills: Active for the first time this season after being lifted from the practice team Thursday.

New York Giants

  • Terrell Burgess, S, Utah: Signed on Nov. 10 with the Giants practice team after being waived by the Rams on Nov. 8.

New York Jets

  • Bradlee Anae, DL, Utah: Signed on practice team Aug. 31.
  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU/Corner Canyon: Completed just 9 of 22 passes for a season-low 77 yards and was sacked four times in the Jets’ 10-3 loss to the Patriots. He also ran the ball three times for 26 yards.

Philly Eagles

  • Marquise Blair, S, Utah: Signed on practice team Wednesday.
  • Britain Covey, WR/RS, Utah/Timpview: Returned a punt from 13 yards in the Eagles’ 17-16 win over the Colts.
  • Christian Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial: Signed on practice team 1 September.
  • Javelin Guidry, CB, Utah: Signed on practice team Oct. 31.
  • Sua Opeta, OL, Weber State/Stansbury: Inactive for the away win.
  • Noah Togiai, TE, Hunter: Signed on the practice team 1 September.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: Active in the Steelers’ 37-30 loss to the Bengals.
  • Jaylen Warren, RB, Utah State/Snow/East: Made a catch for 9 yards in the home loss.

San Francisco 49ers

  • Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Expected to play the Cardinals Monday night.
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Expected to play Arizona in Mexico City.

Seattle Seahawks

  • Cody Barton, LB, Utah/Brighton: The Seahawks had a bye in Week 11.
  • Bryan Mone, DL, Highland: Seattle hosts Las Vegas in week 12.
  • Darwin Thompson, RB, State of Utah: Signed on practice team Aug. 31.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Deven Thompkins, WR, Utah: Returned to the practice team on Oct. 10 after being placed on the active roster in Week 5.

Tennessee Titans


Washington commanders

  • Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State/Jordan: Started in the Commanders’ 23-10 win over the Texans.
  • Dax Milne, WR, BYU/Bingham: In the road win, he returned four punts for 22 total yards, including a 16-yard return.

Positions: Center (C), Cornerback (CB), Defensive Lineman (DL), Kicker (K), Linebacker (LB), Long Snapper (LS), Offensive Lineman (OL), Punter (P), Quarterback (QB), Running Back (RB), Return Specialist (RS), Safety (S), Tight End (TE), Wide Receiver (WR).