Karlos Williams is making a statement as Florida State’s third-string running back. The junior formally a defensive back is proving that he can control the ball and gain valuable points for the Seminoles. Since he switched positions, Williams has run a total of 193 yards, along with 17 carries and three touchdowns. Williams ran 83 of those 193 yards and two of the touchdowns during his second game at the position which carried the Seminoles to a 54-6 win over Bethune-Cookman last Saturday.
This is not the first time that Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has moved players from defense to offense. According to ESPN, history shows that Fisher has had success in turning back-up defenders into all-conference superstars on offense, while converting underutilized backs and receivers into first-round NFL draft picks on defense. One of Fisher’s most recent success stories is Xavier Rhodes who moved from receiver to corner, which Rhodes was not to fond of. However, Rhodes was drafted in the first round of this year’s NFL draft.
“It’s what I think you can be, where I think your best future is, and where you can help this football team,” Fisher said to ESPN. “But if you force somebody to do something they don’t want to do, they’re not going to be good at it.”
Over the years Fisher has proven his worth as a coach in making players the best they can be and will be showing it through William’s performance this Saturday. This will be William’s first matchup against an ACC team since debuting against Nevada earlier this season. The Seminoles will be traveling to Massachusetts where Fisher’s switch will be put to the test against Boston College’s Eagles.