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FSU lands commitment from Alabama transfer running back Roydell Williams

Roll Tribe, baby!

2023 SEC Championship - Georgia v Alabama Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Mike Norvell has clearly taken a liking to the Alabama Crimson Tide, but not in the way that made FSU fans nervous before yesterday’s news.

Today, yet another former ‘Bama player has decided that Florida State will be his next destination. This time, it’s an experienced running back in Roydell Williams:

Williams is a 5’10 215 pound running back originally from Hueytown High School. Sound familiar? It’s the same high school that Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston played for. He was a consensus four-star prospect and ranked as the 76th best player in the nation by 247Sports Composite.

Williams brings a ton of experience with him to Tallahassee. He played in 45 career games for Alabama over four seasons, both as part of the Crimson Tide’s stacked running back rotation and on special teams. He totaled 234 rushes for 1,165 yards and 11 touchdowns, good for a career average of 5.0 yards per attempt. He also caught 21 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

Heading into his final season of eligibility, Williams will immediately be in the rotation for FSU and should also prove as another excellent mentor for the younger backs, particularly Kam Davis.


From his Bama bio:

2023

Paired with Jase McClellan as the lead backs in Alabama’s deep running back room ... saw time in all 14 games with two starts ... accumulated 560 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 111 carries ... also caught 11 passes for 58 yards and one score ... added two kickoff returns for 51 yards and four tackles on special teams ... selected as one of the offensive players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff for his play at USF and Auburn. Middle Tennessee: Carried the ball seven times for 36 yards with a long gain of 11 ... also caught one pass for a four-yard gain while adding a tackle on special teams. Texas: Totaled 12 yards on six carries ... also caught one pass for a gain of five yards against the Longhorns. USF: Had a career day against the Bulls ... rushed 17 times for 129 yards and a score to lead UA’s ground game ... averaged a team-high 7.6 yards per carry with a long rush of 48 ... added one reception for two yards to go with a tackle on punt coverage. Ole Miss: Led UA with three receptions total 13 yards ... also rushed eight times for 21 yards against the Rebels. Mississippi State: Accumulated 44 yards on 10 carries in Starkville. Texas A&M: Rushed six times for nine yards ... added one tackle on special teams ... also saw time at kickoff returner. Arkansas: Totaled 68 yards on seven carries with a long rush of 35. Tennessee: Carried the ball six times for 20 yards while adding one reception for no gain. LSU: Totaled 56 yards and a score on just six carries ... averaged 9.3 yards per tote with a long gain of 16 on his touchdown run ... added one reception for no gain. Kentucky: Accumulated 101 all-purpose yards on the day ... rushed six times for 20 yards while adding two receptions for 30 yards and a score ... also returned two kickoffs for a combined 51 yards with a long return of 34. Chattanooga: Totaled 52 yards and a score on seven rushes ... got into the end zone with an 11-yard rush. Auburn: Rushed eight times for 30 yards and a touchdown ... picked up a crucial first down on the Tide’s final drive, taking a toss play around the right side of the line to move the chains on 4th-and-short ... also contributed on special teams, notching one tackle on punt coverage. Georgia: Made his first career start in the SEC Championship Game ... led the Tide backfield with 16 carries for 61 yards and a score ... added one reception for a gain of nine yards. Michigan: Got the start against the Wolverines ... finished with one rush on the day.

2022

Returned for his junior campaign at full health ... racked up 250 yards and four touchdowns on 56 carries ... added five receptions for 37 yards ... also contributed six tackles on special teams. Utah State: Rushed three times for 15 yards ... added one reception for a gain of seven in the opener. Texas: Worked on special teams and at tailback ... carried two times for four yards. ULM: Rushed a team-high eight times for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Warhawks. Vanderbilt: Totaled 27 yards on four rushes in the SEC opener. Arkansas: Accounted for 17 yards on five carries. Texas A&M: Posted 19 yards on three rushes against the Aggies. Tennessee: Saw time on special teams in Knoxville Mississippi State: Caught two passes for 10 yards while adding six rushes and seven yards on the ground. LSU: Found the end zone twice as part of his seven carries for 11 yards ... converted from one and two yards away for the scores ... added one reception for five yards. Ole Miss: Carried twice for 13 yards ... added one tackle on special teams. Austin Peay: Accumulated 51 yards on 10 carries while adding one reception for a 15-yard gain and a first down ... also recorded one tackle on kickoff coverage. Auburn: Made his one carry count, plunging into the end zone from five yards away for a score. Kansas State: Rushed five times for 23 yards ... added one tackle on kickoff coverage, delivering a big hit on the K-State returner.

2021

Established himself in the Crimson Tide’s deep rotation at running back ... stepped into a bigger role following the injury to Jase McClellan ... suffered a season-ending leg injury against New Mexico State ... totaled 284 yards and a touchdown on 48 carries prior to the injury ... also added five receptions for 57 yards and a score ... earned offensive player of the week honors for his efforts against Southern Miss. Miami: Carried six times for 18 yards against the Hurricanes. Mercer: Totaled 11 yards on four carries in the Tide’s home opener. Florida: Saw time on special teams in The Swamp. Southern Miss: Rushed for a team-high and career-best 110 yards on just 11 carries ... converted four first downs with a long rush of 55 yards ... added his first touchdown of the season from one yard out. Ole Miss: Recorded three carries for 15 yards against the Rebels. Texas A&M: Made an impact through the air, catching a pair of passes for 28 yards and a touchdown ... also contributed two rushes for a combined three yards. Mississippi State: Led the Tide rushers with 78 yards on his 11 carries ... averaged 7.1 yards per carry with a long rush of 29 ... also caught one pass for seven yards. Tennessee: Rushed eight times for 29 yards while adding one reception for no gain. LSU: Converted a Tide first down with his 24-yard reception ... also rushed twice for a combined nine yards. New Mexico State: Suffered a season-ending leg injury in the matchup with the Aggies ... carried one time for 11 yards prior to his exit.

2020

Established a role in the Tide’s deep backfield while also working on special teams ... rushed 19 times for 71 yards and a touchdown in eight games of action. Missouri: Saw his first collegiate action on special teams but did not record any stats. Texas A&M: Entered on special teams in the home opener. Georgia: Worked on special teams against the Bulldogs. Tennessee: Recorded his first career carries and yards, totaling three yards on his two rushes in Knoxville. Mississippi State: Saw time against the Bulldogs but did not record any carries. Kentucky: Found the end zone for the first time in his career, part of his 10 carries for 30 yards. LSU: Rushed three times for 19 total yards ... had a long rush of nine against the Tigers. Arkansas: Finished with 19 yards on four carries in the regular-season finale.

High School and Personal Data

One of the top players in the state of Alabama and one of the best running backs in the nation ... a consensus four-star prospect ... ranked 76th on the 247Composite ... the No. 9 running back on the Composite and the No. 4 player in the state of Alabama ... ESPN listed Williams at No. 69 on the ESPN300 ... the top-ranked player in the state and the No. 10 running back prospect by the site ... ESPN also ranked him as the No. 29 player in the Southeast Region ... No. 90 in the Rivals100, the seventh-ranked running back and the No. 3 player in the state ... 247Sports had him at No. 115 in the Top247, the No. 10 running back and the No. 5 player in Alabama ... a PrepStar Top 350 All-American as the No. 168 player in the nation, the No. 12 running back and the No. 7 player in the state by the magazine ... selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game ... a first team all-state selection in 2018 and a second-team pick as a sophomore in 2017 ... accounted for three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, finishing with 5,929 yards rushing in his career at Hueytown with 84 rushing touchdowns 92 total touchdowns ... rushed for 1,289 yards and 24 scores as a senior with injuries limiting his production ... gained 2,757 yards and registered 32 touchdowns as a junior in 2018 while catching 21 passes for 216 yards and three more scores ... rushed for 1,509 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2017 ... had 374 yards and four scores as a freshman in 2016 ... played for head coach Greg Patterson at Hueytown High School where he helped the Golden Gophers to the 6A state semifinals ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Kentucky.