TALLAHASSEE -- With questions about depth at the tailback position facing his team, coach Jimbo Fisher announced Thursday that safety Karlos Williams would be permanently changing positions to running back.
The 6-1 232-pound junior runs 100 meters in 10.5 seconds and arrived at FSU in 2011 rated as the fifth overall recruit in the nation. He had resisted coaches’ attempts to get him to play offense thus far, instead he has played safety and linebacker while also returning kickoffs.
Williams entered the season as the backup free safety, but with the solid play of other defensive backs coupled with the loss of redshirt freshman running back Mario Pender (academics) and James Wilder Jr.’s injury (shoulder, day-to-day), Williams finally agreed to become a running back.
“He’s doing a really nice job,” Fisher said. “I think he can provide not just depth there, but he can drive some spark there.”