Fisher: Williams "A Big Part Of The Puzzle"
By Steve Barnes
At the beginning of the season, Florida State fans' eyes were on freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. The guy has talent, but the main asset he had coming into the year was help with the two-headed monster of Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. in the backfield.
After two games, it turns out FSU has a three-headed monster behind Winston. Karlos Williams made an impressive offensive debut against Nevada last week, running for a 65-yard score on his first career carry. Not bad for a guy who was playing safety this time two weeks ago.
Williams impressed Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher.
"He (Williams) is a big part of the puzzle," Fisher said to reporters this week.
Williams liked hearing the praise from his coach, but was quick to share the compliment.
"He (Fisher) knows what he wants and how he wants it," Williams said at the Noles' weekly press conference. "We made some great plays with some great blocks."
Williams, a 6-foot-1, 233-pound junior from Davenport, Fla., rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on just eight attempts. The touchdown was the highlight of the 41-13 win.
"It was a statement run: 'I can definitely play the position,'" Williams said. "It was the perfect call for me."
Florida State, ranked eighth in the Associated Press poll this week, made other statements as well. The team racked up 377 yards on the ground and six different Seminoles had rushing touchdowns. FSU averaged 9.2 yards a carry against the Wolf Pack. Freeman ran for 109 yards in the win.
Interestingly enough, the Seminoles are second in rushing in the Atlantic Coast Conference and lead the league in passing with 308.5 yards per game. Florida State is running for 266.5 yards per contest.
FSU now turns its attention to Saturday's game against FCS member Bethune-Cookman. The Wildcats are 3-0 with wins over Tennessee State, Virginia Union and last week earned the schools first win against an FBS foe, beating Florida International, 34-13.
Kickoff is set for 6:04 p.m. ET.
Before that, Williams knows he needs to work on some of his skills after moving from defense to tailback last week.
"It's something new and there are things I need to learn from," Williams said. "I need to hit the hole faster and get better on my pass protection."
Still, as one would imagine, another aspect his the change from being reactive player (defense) to a proactive one.
"I miss the bully mentality," Williams said. "I miss running around and hitting people."