If you follow college football closely, you should remember the name Karlos Williams.
Williams came to Florida State as the No. 5 overall recruit in the nation in 2011, where he was supposed to be a superstar on the Seminoles defense.
Apparently that plan has changed.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher announced that the highly touted safety would be moving to running back, which he expects to be a permanent move.
“He’s 6-1, 232 pounds, runs a 10.5 100 meters, can catch, can run, is very natural with the ball in his hand, is physical, fast, learns,” Fisher told ESPN’s David M. Hale. “He’s doing a really nice job, and I think he can provide not just depth there, but he can drive some spark there.”
Changing positions is nothing new when it comes to a Fisher coached team, as a few Seminoles defensive players are lining up in different spots this season. Williams had the opportunity to move into the starting lineup when Lamarcus Joyner moved to corner this season, but he has struggled at times. That led to Tyler Hunter starting at safety Monday against Pitt alongside Terrence Brooks.
You would have thought that Williams would have made a big impact this season, especially after being thrusted into the starting lineup at linebacker for the ACC Championship Game last season where he recorded 11 tackles and had a huge interception.
However as we often see with young players, consistency has been an issue.
Being the type of athlete that Williams is though, the move makes sense, especially when you consider the Seminoles lack of depth at the running back position.
Redshirt freshman Mario Pender was ruled academically ineligible just before the start of the season, and junior James Wilder Jr. is dealing with a shoulder bruise. While Wilder isn’t expected to miss any time, you could still see Williams making an impact this season.
It just won’t be on the side of the ball that anyone planned.
The Seminoles are off this week and will return to action Saturday, September 14 when they host Nevada.