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September 24, 2013

As Karlos Gets Comfortable, Look For His Role to Expand


Karlos Williams' transition from safety to running back has already started to produce major results. Williams took his first career carry 65 yards for a touchdown two weeks ago and finished his first game at the position with over 100 yards. He's currently second on the team with 193 rushing yards and has scored three times. 

But that's already begged the question, 'when is he going to get more playing time?'

Soon, it seems.

Jimbo Fisher has been biding his time the past few weeks, testing the junior ball-carrier to be absolutely positive that he knew what he was doing - not just with the ball in his hands but without it too. 

"It’s just making sure – it’s not like he doesn’t know – but you’ve got to know it ‘bang, bang,’" said Fisher. "He does, but now we are very comfortable."

Despite the "weird" way the game started on Saturday (Bethune held the ball for over 12 minutes in the first quarter) Fisher said he saw enough out of Williams in the 54-6 win over the Wildcats to feel comfortable increasing his role on offense.

"I thought he had a very good week of practice," said Fisher. "When we put him in the game we did some different things and I called some things on purpose to see how he would handle it and he handled the adjustments, pass protections, routes and different things extremely well.

"So, I think, I’m very comfortable that he’ll play at any time.”

“I felt a lot more comfortable, every passing play that we had the defense really gave it to me in practice all week," said Williams after Saturday's game. "There are still a couple of things that I need to work on like using my feet more and not relying on my hands as much.”

But overall, Williams is poised to take on a bigger role in the offense and he's growing more comfortable at his new position by the day.

“Of course, any running back does," said Williams. "We try to take those two to three yard gains and if you keep getting those eventually you are going to bust open and get a big gain”

There could be plenty of big gains in Williams' - and the Seminoles' - future.


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