Karlos Williams says he finally feels confident. After two years and switching between linebacker and safety, struggling to learn Coach Stoops’ defensive system, and another spring struggling to learn new DC Jeremy Pruitt’s system, it became apparent that he should listen to Coach Fisher and move to running back. For a guy who had never played an offensive collegiate snap, he excelled immediately: his first play went 65 yards for a TD.
The transition, however, wasn’t all smooth. When he first made the move, he didn’t really get a lot of touches until the game was decided. He also didn’t know the playbook right away, so Coach Fisher and running backs coach Jay Graham would design plays specifically for him. “A lot of the plays they redesigned me to get a lot of outside runs, so it’s pretty much a one-read thing,” Williams told ChopChat during a recent interview. “They made it very simple for me.”
As the year went on, Williams began to receive more touches in meaningful parts of each game, including scoring a TD in the 2nd quarter of the ACC Championship game. He also played a significant role in the BCS Title game as well, converting a 4th down on a fake-punt during the 2nd quarter when FSU was down 21-3. That was the play that shifted momentum back to the ‘Noles on their way to becoming champions. When asked how he felt knowing he was getting the ball, Williams replied “It was nerve-racking, crucial point in the game, and I made sure just to get the first down. I made sure not to try and make any extra moves.”
Williams comes into the spring as a starter for the first time in his career at FSU. He knows exactly where he’ll be playing, “I can take it day-by-day, take it slow, and really perfect my craft so I become the best running back I can possibly be. I’m taking it upon myself to know everything. Every run, every read, all the ins-and-outs of the offense. That’s my job this spring.” He asks questions everyday in meeting rooms and takes notes. “I learn something new everyday about offense that I didn’t already know. I can now zone in and pay attention to the small details, my job is to know the offense.”
Williams’ goals for this year are simple: be the best running back he can be, and win championships again. “I put the team before myself, and try not to think about my individual accolades.” This is something that seems to be carrying over from last year’s seniors.
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