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Former Seminoles contributing to Buffalo Bills

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Karlos Williams and Ronald Darby made themselves at home at Sun Life Stadium during their college days, leading Florida State to a pair of wins over the Miami Hurricanes.

On Sunday, the two NFL rookies did it again, helping the Buffalo Bills to a 41-14 rout over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life.

Darby, a cornerback and Buffalo’s second-round pick, had an interception on Sunday and already has two picks this season.

Darby had only two picks in his three years at FSU . But the Bills love Darby’s excellent speed and his ability to play press coverage.

Williams, a running back and Buffalo’s fifth-round pick, has already scored three touchdowns this season, including a 41-yarder on Sunday. Williams ran 12 times on Sunday for a game-high 110 yards.

Without being asked in his postgame press conference, Bills coach Rex Ryan mentioned Williams, a 6-1, 230-pounder who runs with power.

“The big kid from Florida State, there’s only one thing I don’t like about him,” Ryan joked, “and that’s that he went to Florida State. Other than that, he’s doing a hell of a job.”

Williams has been so good — he has 186 yards in three games and is averaging 7.8 yards per carry — that Ryan was asked if he might consider resting starting running back LeSean McCoy, who has been battling a hamstring injury.

“LeSean McCoy – he’s out there sometimes on one-and-a-half legs,” Ryan said. “But he is unselfish. He is doing a great job picking up blitzes and all that stuff. I feel frustrated for him because I know the mark he wants to put on this team. But physically, he’s not quite back to where we need him.”

Since that’s the case, it may mean more carries for Williams, who has joined an impressive list of ex-FSU players on the Bills’ roster.

The other former Seminoles now with the Bills are: starting weak-side linebacker Nigel Bradham, backup quarterback E.J. Manuel, long snapper Garrison Sanborn and defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, who was inactive on Sunday.

That’s six former Seminoles on the 53-man roster, including three starters.

And whether Ryan likes it or not, that’s a stellar contribution from Tallahassee.

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