TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State demonstrated it has a lot more offense than just freshman phenom quarterback Jameis Winston.
The system have an impressive running game featuring a trio of backs: Devonta Freeman, James Wilder, Jr. and Karlos Williams.
Eighth-ranked Florida State racked up 377 rushing yards in a 62-7 victory against Nevada on Saturday. The Seminoles (2-0) surpassed the 300-yard mark on the ground just once in 2012 with 385 against Wake Forest on Sept. 15.
Seminoles safety Tyler Hunter said Monday that the backs just wore down Nevada.
"First it was Wilder and Devonta," Hunter said. "Wilder would just wear them down and you'd put Freeman in and he'd just break a big one. Now you have two big backs and you've still got Freeman. Karlos may be faster than all of them. ... It's really a big up.
"I know it has to stress the defense. Then they can play-action and we've still got great receivers. So we can go deep anytime just off the play-action."
If the trio can continue to be that productive, the will make life easier for Winston. The quarterback has quickly become the focal point of opponents after completing 40 of 45 passes for 570 yards with six touchdowns and one interception. He has more touchdowns than incomplete passes through eight quarters.
The 6-foot-1, 223-pound Williams was the unexpected treat last weekend.
The one-time safety moved to running back for the first time during his collegiate career after the season-opening win against Pittsburgh. The junior previously resisted coach Jimbo Fisher's suggestion to move to the offensive side of the ball. Wilder and Freeman were both preseason Doak Walker Award candidates. Their abilities were well-known.
No one predicted Williams would take a toss sweep in the third quarter and sprint around the right end for a 65-yard touchdown on his first career carry.
"I believe it causes a lot of issues" for a defense, Williams said. "Even Ryan Green is a very shifty guy. ... We call ourselves the four-headed monster. There's a lot of talent in that backfield.
"Our quarterbacks are young, so we really do have to take care of them. We have to make sure we're making the right calls and running the right lanes and making sure we're taking care of the football."