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Karlos Williams attempting reinstatement to NFL

While many former Seminoles are marking their marks in the NFL this season, one has been sitting off to the side, becoming a bit of a forgotten man in 2018. Now, Karlos Williams is meeting with the league to get back on the football field after applying for reinstatement on October 1.

Williams, a member of the 2013 national championship team, posted to Instagram earlier in December that he’d be meeting with the NFL later in the month. That meeting is today.

 

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If he is reinstated by the league after his meeting, Williams will have to prove to teams that he can still play and that his off the field problems are over. The former fifth-round pick hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2015 when he lit it up in Buffalo.

Williams rushed 93 times for 517 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games with the Bills during his rookie season. He also caught 11 passes for 96 yards and two more scores. The Davenport native became the second player in NFL history to score a touchdown in his first six games.

After that, it started to go downhill. Williams showed up to Buffalo’s training camp out of shape and was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2016 season due to a substance abuse violation. Shortly after that, the Bills cut him.

The running back latched on with the Pittsburgh Steelers in October before promptly receiving a 10 game suspension for another substance abuse violation in November. The Steelers cut Williams in March before he was suspended for at least year following his third substance abuse violation in the spring of 2017.

It’ll be tough for him to return to the NFL after almost two years away from the field. However, he certainly has the talent to be a capable back. His mix of size and speed was tough for teams to handle in 2015. Williams’ elite athleticism makes him a deadly weapon.

Williams played safety during his first two seasons at Florida State before converting to running back as a junior. The move made instant dividends as he found success at his new position. Williams rushed 91 times for 730 yards and 11 touchdowns, with most of his work coming in backup duty. The Seminoles blew out a lot of opponents in 2013, which gave the former FSU star a lot of time to shine.

His biggest play as a junior came during a fake punt against Auburn in the national championship which flipped the tide in the ‘Noles favor. They would go on to win 34-31 on the historic Jameis Winston to Kelvin Benjamin touchdown pass with seconds left in the contest.

Williams backed up Florida State legend Dalvin Cook during his senior season, accumulating 150 carries for 689 yards and 11 touchdowns. One of his most memorable moments during his final season in Tallahassee was the game-winning touchdown rush against Clemson in overtime.

NoleGameday will continue to have updates as Williams’ meets with the NFL to determine his status.


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