You've heard from day one that safety Karlos Williams is one of the most gifted athletes to ever step foot on Florida State's campus. To this point, Williams has not lived up to the hype that surrounded him prior to his arrival. But to be fair, he hasn't really had the chance to do so. This season appears to be his first chance to be that game changer and you should expect big things from No. 9.
Aside from his contributions at kick returner, Williams biggest moment came in last year's ACC Championship game where he filled in for injured linebacker Nick Moody. In the game he recorded 11 tackles and secured the victory for the Seminoles with an interception late in the fourth quarter.
With Lamarcus Joyner making the switch to cornerback this season and Terrence Brooks moving to the free safety position, all signs point to Williams being the starter at strong safety. This spring, Williams looked to be much more comfortable in Jeremy Pruitt's scheme than he was under Mark Stoops.
It was well known, and Williams said so himself, that his understanding of the playbook was biggest thing keeping him off the field last season. However, despite the reads being a little more complex in the new system, Williams looks much better in his new role. Not only at safety, but also at the "money" linebacker position when the defense goes into the dime package.
But Williams realizes how open the starting role is due to how well Tyler Hunter played last season as well as how unproven he is at the position, but with Hunter out due to injury this spring, he made the most of that opportunity every day.
"It's still spring, things happen in spring, people get hurt, the depth chart does move," Williams said in March. "So I look at it as every day is a day for me to get better, it's a day for me to earn the position because it's still very, very open."
The time is now for Williams. Assuming he is able to become comfortable with the verbiage and calls in the new scheme, in addition to the freedom the scheme allows him to play with, it's very likely that 2013 becomes a breakout season for him.