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Former South Carolina tailback lands with new team

What happened to Ty’Son Williams?

South Carolina football's rushing attack against Florida was led by AJ Turner and Mon Denson. What happened to Ty'Son Williams?
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South Carolina football's rushing attack against Florida was led by AJ Turner and Mon Denson. What happened to Ty'Son Williams?

Ty’Son Williams has a new team.

The former South Carolina tailback picked BYU more than two months after announcing his intentions to transfer away from the Gamecocks. He had also been considering Florida State.

Williams came to USC as a transfer from North Carolina. He was a four-star recruit from Crestwood High School in Sumter and spent one season in Chapel Hill before deciding to leave.

He landed with the Gamecocks, but had to walk on his first season to get around a restriction placed on him by the UNC staff. What followed was two somewhat tumultuous seasons.

Williams was second on the team in rushing in 2017 (471 yards) and third in 2018 (328). But he never could match the expectations he came in with, and despite instability in the running back room both seasons, he could never assert himself as the No. 1 back.

Coaches often spoke highly of his talent, but said something was lost translating it to the field.

He joins a backfield that had four runners get between 59 and 91 carries and 323 to 423 yards. They utilized a good bit of misdirection and jet sweeps. The Cougars will be losing their No. 2 and No. 3 backs.

A season ago Squally Canada put up 710 yards to lead BYU, and the season before, Jamaal Williams posted 1,375 in the first year under Kalani Sitake (a former fullback in his playing days).

The Gamecocks will head into 2019 with the senior trio of Rico Dowdle, Mon Denson and A.J. Turner.

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