Florida State has moved former five-star safety recruit Karlos Williams to running back. The 6'1, 230-pound Williams long insisted that he was a safety, despite being requested to move to offense twice previously by the staff according to Tomahawk Nation's sources.
Williams gave safety another shot under new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, but he was again poor in coverage Monday against Pitt.
Williams has incredible speed for someone his size. However, size and speed does not guarantee success. And in Williams' case, indeed it has not. Williams has shown a lack of understanding of two defenses, slow reactions as a safety, and has not displayed good change of direction. He was also undisciplined in tackling, failing to break down and coming at the runner in an out of control fashion.
In the video from his senior year, you can see Williams make some awesome plays on offense.
Many, including this author, believed that Williams was better suited to play offense coming out of high school, because he wouldn't have to react as much, already knowing the play.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher did indicate that Williams could still contribute some in defensive packages in which Florida State uses six or more defensive backs.
Williams joins running backs Devonta Freeman, James Wilder, Jr., and Ryan Green. Wilder is currently nursing a shoulder injury and is "day-to-day" according to Fisher.
More on the move can be heard in the Tomahawk Nation podcast (link below).
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