Karlos Williams

Karlos Williams

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Williams at FSU in 2014
No. 30Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-05-04) May 4, 1993
Place of birth: Davenport, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Davenport (FL) Ridge Com.
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 155
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Suspended
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Rushing yards: 517
Average: 5.6
Rushing touchdowns: 7
Receptions: 11
Receiving yards: 96
Receiving touchdowns: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Karlos Jermell Williams Sr.[1] (born May 4, 1993) is an American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

Early years

Williams attended Ridge Community High School in Davenport, Florida, where he was a three-sport star in football, track and basketball. He played safety and running back. He was a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and was ranked as the second best safety and eighth best player overall in his class.[2]

He was also a track star in high school. He won the 200-meter dash event at the 2010 East County Track Meet with a time of 22.49 seconds. He placed 5th in the 100 meters at the 2011 FHSAA 3A Championships with a time of 10.7 seconds. He was timed at 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash as a senior.

College career

Williams played safety his first two years at Florida State. As a true freshman in 2011, he played in 12 games as a backup safety and return specialist. He missed the teams bowl game due to a broken wrist he suffered in the final regular season game.[3] As a sophomore in 2012 he again was a backup and return specialist. He played in 14 games and made one start. Williams entered his junior season in 2013 as a safety, but was moved to running back after the first game.[4][5] His first career carry was a 65-yard touchdown run against the Nevada Wolf Pack.[6] During the 2014 BCS National Championship Game against Auburn he rushed for 25 yards on five carries, including a seven-yard fake punt conversion on fourth-and-four.[7] He finished the year with 730 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns on 91 carries.[8] Williams started his senior season in 2014 as a starter, but eventually played behind Dalvin Cook.[9] He finished the year with 689 yards on 150 carries with 11 touchdowns.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 230 lb 4.48 s 4.46 s 7.16 s 33.5 in 9 ft 9 in 16 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Buffalo Bills

Williams was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[10] Just as his first carry in college was for a touchdown, Williams's first carry in the NFL was a 26-yard touchdown run for the Bills against the Indianapolis Colts.[11][12]

In Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins, Williams surpassed 100 yards rushing (110) for the first time in his career, adding two touchdowns on just nine carries.[13]

On September 12, 2015, against the Miami Dolphins, Williams ran 41 yards for a touchdown, his 3rd career rushing touchdown and his longest run.[14][15][16]

Williams missed three games after suffering a concussion against the New York Giants in Week 4. He returned in a Week 9 rematch against the Dolphins.[17]

On November 8, 2015, Williams ran for a career high 2 touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins.[18]

In Buffalo's Week 10 win over the New York Jets, Williams tied a record held by former New England Patriots running back Robert Edwards by reaching the end zone in his sixth consecutive game to start his career.[19] [20]

On August 20, 2016, Williams was released by the Bills after reportedly showing up to training camp out of shape and was later suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.[21]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On October 11, 2016, Williams was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad.[22] On November 23, 2016, Williams was suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.[23]


His brother, Vince Williams played college football at Florida State and also plays in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers.[24][25]


  1. "Profile". rostermon.com.
  2. Rivals.com
  3. College Notebook: FSU's Karlos Williams Expected to Miss Bowl
  4. Florida State moving Karlos Williams to running back
  5. Karlos Williams moves to backfield
  6. A debut to remember for FSU's Karlos Williams
  7. Florida State keeps BCS title hopes alive with fake punt vs. Auburn
  8. New look for FSU ground game in '14
  9. Karlos Williams went from All-America candidate to FSU’s second-best RB
  10. Bills draft FSU running back Karlos Williams with 155th overall pick
  11. ESPN.com: Bills bully Colts to win 27-14 in Rex Ryan's Buffalo debut. 13 September 2015
  12. "HIGHLIGHT: Karlos Williams rushes 26-yard TD". www.buffalobills.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  13. "Fourth-quarter analysis: Karlos Williams nails the door shut - BN Blitz". The Buffalo News. 27 September 2015.
  14. "Bills vs. Dolphins - Box Score - September 27, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  15. "HIGHLIGHT: Karlos Williams breaks a 41-yard TD". www.buffalobills.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  16. "Karlos Williams: Game Logs at NFL.com". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  17. ""Karlos Williams injury update: RB active for Bills, fantasy owners - Yahoo Sports"".
  18. "Dolphins vs. Bills - Box Score - November 8, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  19. "Bills vs. Jets - Game Recap - November 12, 2015 - ESPN". Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  20. "Karlos Williams NFL Football Statistics | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  21. Brown, Chris. "Bills release RB Karlos Williams". BuffaloBills.com.
  22. Gantt, Darin (October 12, 2016). "Steelers add Karlos Williams to practice squad".
  23. Patra, Kevin (November 23, 2016). "Steelers RB Karlos Williams to be suspended 10 games". NFL.com.
  24. Brotherly rivalry
  25. Florida State Seminoles’ Williams brothers carry bond to the field

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