What? A running back in the transfer portal?
Hear me out folks. Opening up more reps for Lawrence Toafili, Corey Wren, and Ja’Khi Douglas is important for the Florida State offense. Introducing DJ Williams, running back transfer, from Auburn who joins FSU as a spring enrollee. Williams comes in and takes the spot of La’Damian Webb, who recently left FSU for Troy.
Williams is a big-bodied running back, downhill runner that also has some value in the passing game. He comes to FSU without a ton of carries on his legs which is a good thing. Head coach Mike Norvell likes to rotate running backs so expect to see Williams in the mix right away with Toafili and Jashuan Corbin.
Vision and Balance
Williams does not have a ton of reps on film but the ones he does have show good balance for a big back. He has a low center of gravity that helps create that balance. Through the play, you get a sense of the vision that Williams possesses. Finding the initial hole in the opposite side B-gap and then seeing your moves and setting them up down the field is a skill. Putting the two skills together is what creates chunk plays for an offense. We saw similar skills from Webb during his short time so it gives us an idea of how Williams will be utilized.
The second play is much of the same. You get to see Williams slide into the hole staying square and behind his pads. Then Williams is down the field and finishing.
Norvell loves running backs that can make plays in the passing game. The following play shows that Williams has the ability to make catches down the field and be a viable threat. It’s important for offenses to be diverse and a back who can catch the football helps do that.
We know how much Norvell likes to run the ball so a physical presence makes sense. Williams shows the ability to get tough yards for an offense. A lot of those tough yards and generated through good leg drive and you see that in the following play. Williams keeps his legs driving and then wiggles and twists his way into the endzone. Think about some of the short-yardage situations in recent years that FSU hasn’t been able to finish.