BYU running back Jamaal Williams as well as Utah stars Hunter Dimick and Mitch Wishnowsky were among five players with local ties who made the list as Bleacher Report ranked the top 150 players for the 2016 college football season.
Williams came in at No. 74 on the list after a stellar senior season that saw him become BYU’s all-time leading rusher.
Of Williams’ play will the Cougars, the Bleacher Report staff wrote, “Williams missed the entire 2015 season because of personal reasons but rebounded to be one of the nation’s best running backs in 2016. He averaged 5.88 yards per carry on a Cougars team that went through an abrupt quarterback change and played one of the toughest schedules in the country.”
Dimick was the first Ute to make the ranking, landing at No. 98.
Talking about his production with the Utes, they wrote, “The 6’3”, 272-pound Dimick followed up an injury-plagued 2015 with a tremendous final season, one that saw him tie for third in FBS in sacks. He spearheaded a Utah defense that averaged 3.31 sacks per game, tied for sixth-best in the country.”
Wishnowsky topped the list of the local talent as he was ranked at No. 47.
Speaking of his tremendous season, they wrote, “Wishnowsky was far beyond ‘best punter in the nation.’ The gap between him and second place, quite frankly, was a chasm. The Australian continued Utah’s unique specialist powerhouse, taking home the program’s third straight Ray Guy Award.”
Former Logan High School quarterback Luke Falk also made the list at No. 103 while former Utah defensive lineman Stevie Tu’ikolovatu was No. 144.