09/11/2013 - Scouting the running game: Not knowing the status of James Wilder Jr. (shoulder) leaves this week's rushing attack for the Seminoles a bit of a mystery. Then again, the way Winston is throwing the ball -- 25 of 27 for 356 yards last week against Pitt -- FSU may not need to the ground game as much against Nevada. Especially against a defense that has given up a combined 944 yards in two games so far -- 296 of those to an FCS opponent, UC-Davis. Of those 944 yards, a little more than half (512 total) have been given up by the Nevada defense on the ground. So if Wilder is still being slowed by his ailing shoulder Saturday, this game may be an ideal time to test converted DB Karlos Williams and see if, in fact, running back is by far the simplest position to master in football, as Fisher claimed it was this week.
"Running back is the easiest position to learn. When I was at LSU, we won the national championship with two freshmen backs that never played a snap until the sixth game of the year," he said. "As far as protections and runs, he'll pick those up extremely quickly, and he's done a great job in practice. (He's) learning very well. I've been extremely pleased with his ability to learn and process information and move on -- he's an intelligent young man. He's done a very nice job of that." - The Sports Xchange
09/06/2013 - Florida State DB Karlos Williams moving to RB...Another year and a new defensive scheme led many to believe that 2013 would bring more playing time for Florida State junior safety Karlos Williams. The former five-star prospect from Davenport, Fla. could see a boost in his snap count, but it is going to come at a different position. Jimbo Fisher told reporters Thursday that Williams was making the move to running back. The move will help boost the depth at that position after Mario Pender was ruled academically ineligible and James Wilder Jr. suffered a shoulder injury in the season-opening win at Pitt on Monday. "I think he can provide not just depth there, but I think he can provide some spark there," Fisher said of Williams. "I'm not disappointed with what I have, but with running back, those guys take a beating. You keep a great rotation."
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Williams will still play defensive back in some passing situations when six defensive backs are needed. He will also continue returning kicks. "He is very natural with the ball in his hand and he can change numbers on the scoreboard in my opinion," Fisher said. Fisher said that Wilder Jr.'s status is "day-to-day." The Seminoles are off until their home opener against Nevada on Sept. 14. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/09/2013 - OTHER FLORIDA STATE PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: SS Karlos Williams (6-1, 230, 4.60)*...A prospect waiting to break out, Williams has the hitting ability and athleticism to make plays all over the field. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
05/04/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: EARLY TOP-50 DRAFT BOARD: 48. S Karlos Williams, Florida State (6-1, 230, 4.60)*...With LaMarcus Joyner moving to cornerback, Williams is penciled in as a starter at safety with his freakish blend of strength and athleticism. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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