With playing time hard to come by, running back Antonio Williams has announced his decision to transfer to North Carolina after two seasons at Ohio State:
The New London, North Carolina, native was a 4-star running back out of high school, considered the No. 7 player at his position by 247Sports. However, he only earned 63 rushing attempts in his first two seasons, totaling 318 rushing yards and three scores.
Although he averaged a respectable 5.1 yards per carry last season while appearing in eight games, he remains hidden on the depth chart behind J.K. Dobbins and Mike Webber. Considering Dobbins just finished his freshman season while rushing for 1,403 yards in 2017, a starting role was not likely opening up any time soon.
Despite his lack of playing time, Williams apparently remained positive about his role.
"First and foremost, he’s a pro about how he handles his business," running backs coach Tony Alford said, per David Jablonski of the Dayton Daily News. "He’s an extremely mature kid. He has improved. He’s probably, in my estimation, one of our top three guys on the team as far as improvement. Obviously, I’m probably biased, but he’s had a great spring."
He also showed off his talent before reaching Ohio State, topping 2,000 rushing yards in each of his final three years in high school, per Ohio State.
Things didn't work out with the Buckeyes, but he will get a chance at a fresh start with the Tar Heels.
North Carolina has several quality young running backs on its roster, as well, in Jordon Brown and Michael Carter, but neither topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage last season. Playing time won't necessarily be given to Williams, but it's attainable.
After going just 3-9 last season, adding talent at any position could be valuable for head coach Larry Fedora.