Florida State's Karlos Williams Emerging as a Dangerous Weapon for 'Noles

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Florida State's Karlos Williams Emerging as a Dangerous Weapon for 'Noles
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Karlos Williams, moved over to running back before the Nevada game, currently leads Florida State in several rushing categories, including yards per carry (11.8) and touchdowns (3). He's emerged as Florida State's (in Jimbo Fisher's words) secret weapon. Even though he's FSU's third-string running back, whenever he's touched the ball, he's looked electric, evidenced by his high yards per carry.

But do you want to know something crazy?

The junior isn't even as good as he can be yet. 

He's only played two games at the position, and while he's already amassed 193 yards, he still has a much higher ceiling, one that has Seminole fans foaming at the mouth. 

"Of course [I feel confident with each carry], any running back does," said Williams after the Bethune game. "We try to take those two- to three-yard gains, and if you keep getting those, eventually you are going to bust open and get a big gain."

Jimbo Fisher, the mastermind behind Williams' move, has been impressed from what he's seen from the junior so far. 

Florida State's running backs
Carries Yards YPC Touchdowns
Devonta Freeman 28 273 9.8 2
Karlos Williams 17 193 11.4 3
James Wilder Jr. 24 159 6.6 2

Seminoles.com

"He'll start getting some playing time early," Fisher said to Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel. "Just maturity, what to do and knowledge of things, I thought he had a really nice ball game."

Williams himself has noticed his ability to learn the nuances of the position, including the smaller ones like pass protection. 

"I felt a lot more comfortable. Every passing play that we had, the defense really gave it to me in practice all week," he said. He added, "There are still a couple of things that I need to work on like using my feet more and not relying on my hands as much."

With proven runners like James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman already in the mix, and the latter on pace to be the first FSU running back since Warrick Dunn to hit 1,000 yards in a season, Williams will have to separate himself from the pack to make his mark, something he already has set in motion with the combination of his speed and physicality. 

Not to mention the helmet-rattling tackle he had on a kickoff return that reminded everybody that he used to be the one delivering the hits, not taking them.

“It felt really good being with those defensive guys and just talking with Telvin (Smith), Reggie (Northrup) and Ukeme (Eligwe),” Williams said, laughing. “And going to hit somebody and I just finally got to go do it and it felt real good.”

As the season goes on and Williams get more comfortable, somehow, someway, he's going to get better. 

And that's a scary thought. 

All quotes and paraphrases were obtained either firsthand or via phone unless otherwise noted.

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