In a somewhat shocking move, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher announced that junior Karlos Williams would be permanently moving from safety to running back.
Since arriving on campus, the 6-foot-1, 230 pound Williams has struggled to earn significant playing time on the defensive side of the ball, despite coming in as a heralded five-star safety in 2011.
His pure athleticism has never been in doubt, but for some reason, he’s been unable to lock down a starting spot in the secondary. There was talk of a potential move to linebacker this past offseason, but the ‘Noles staff decided to leave him at safety. Now, it appears his days there are numbered.
The move might also have something to do with the recent news that running back Mario Pender would be ineligible for the 2013 season, but it also speaks to Williams’ struggles on defense. He still might play in some nickel and dime packages on the defensive side of the ball, but a majority of his practice time will now be spent getting up to speed with the Seminoles offense.
Williams has shown flashes of his offensive skill set as a kick return for the Seminoles already. His combination of size and speed make him a threat to take it to the house whenever he touches it. It remains to be seen how he looks lining up in the backfield, however.
There are some who think this as a desperation move to salvage Williams’ career. In reality, it probably has more to do with the depth of Florida State’s secondary, and lack thereof in the offensive backfield.
It remains to be seen if Williams can earn any reps at running back, but for the time being, don’t expect to see as much of him on defense.