December 18, 2012

Will Karlos Williams move to LB or stay at safety?











For those Seminole fans who found themselves clamoring to see more of sophomore Karlos Williams on the field, the ACC Championship was the game they'd long waited to watch. Although it may not have been the position that most expected, the younger Williams found himself on the field and playing alongside older brother Vince at linebacker.




Karlos' effort was a bright spot of the win in Charlotte, illuminated the most by his game-sealing interception of Georgia Tech's Tevin Washington.


But one question that does arise from the ACC Championship is where does Williams go from here? He is still listed as a defensive back, and coach Jimbo Fisher was quick to tell the media that the sophomore is playing safety in practice.


But moving forward, Williams said his place on the field depends on both his continued body development and future coaching projections.


"Wherever I end up practicing," Williams added, "I'll just going to take it one day at a time and just get ready to play."


What is also important to note is that Williams' positional title is largely too rigid for his frame and skill-set. Though he's listed at 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, Williams' oft-profiled athleticism means he breaks the traditional collegiate mold for a football player.


So when Fisher said Williams "has always played nickel" in reference to the effort against Georgia Tech, the Seminole head coach was speaking to the nearly identical assignments of a strong-side linebacker and nickel corner.


"Even when he was playing linebacker, he's really a nickel," Fisher said. "A nickel and a dime, they've played that all year."


As for the experience of playing in the box with his brother Vince, Williams called it "great" and added that their mother made an emotional phone call after the brothers helped Florida State complete the conference championship season.


And asked about the positive response from all those anxious fans, Williams was quick to share the praise.


"A lot of people saying I saved the team, which is not the case at all," said Williams. "I just played the defense that was called. And (linebackers) coach (Greg Hudson), I give him all the credit because all week in practice it was him and (ends) coach (D.J. Eliot) on my back about being where I was supposed to be… they get all the credit."


Home for the holidays


The Seminole football team will break after practices this week to give the team members a chance to be home for the winter holidays, including Christmas Day. The team will reconvene in Miami to begin preparations for the Orange Bowl on December 26th.


For players like quarterback EJ Manuel, who is flying home to Virginia Beach after practice breaks Friday, the time will be briefer than for a good number of Seminoles. Tailback Devonta Freeman echoed the sentiments of many Miami-area teammates who have been thinking about a long trip home since winning the conference title.


"I'm happy it's going to be the Orange Bowl," said running back Devonta Freeman. "More time I get to spend with my family."


Notable


  • The following are the Seminole football graduates (listed alphabetically) for the fall of 2012: Justin Bright (Finance), Cornellius Carradine (Social Science), Jacob Fahrenkrug (Sociology), Brandon Jenkins (Sociology), Moses McCray (Social Science), Nick Moody (Social Science), Chris Thompson (Sport Management), Clint Trickett (Social Science)






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