An injury sustained in the season finale against Florida will bleed into the weekend for a productive and talented piece of Florida State’s backfield.
Karlos Williams suffered a concussion early in the win over in-state rival Florida last Saturday and didn’t return. Thursday, head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed that the running back will not play in this Saturday’s ACC championship game against Georgia Tech.
Losing a player like Williams is not exactly optimal — he’s second on the team with 609 rushing yards and tops with 10 rushing touchdowns — but his loss will be mitigated by the presence of an über-talented freshman.
In his first year with the Seminoles, Dalvin Cook leads the team with 728 yards and a 5.9 yards per carry average. After Williams went down with the head injury last week, Cook responded with a career-high 144 yards in the 24-19 win over the Gators. It was his third 100-yard performance of the season, with all of those coming in the last seven games of the regular season.
Cook will be starting his second game of the season, the first coming against Notre Dame. Williams started the other 11 games in 2014.
In addition to Williams being listed as out, starting linebacker Terrance Smith is listed as questionable. Smith, who was named second-team All-ACC earlier this week, has started 10 games this season and 20 in his career. He returned an interception for a touchdown in the win over the Gators.