Argos sign American RB Karlos Williams & Two Canadians
Dec 27, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) rushes with the football defended by Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens (59) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills defeat Cowboys 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts announced today the club has signed American RB Karlos Williams, Canadian OL Eric Starczala and Canadian DB Troy Hansen.
Williams, 26,was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round (155thoverall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6’1, 225-pound tailback rushed 93 times for 517 yards (5.6 yards/attempt) and seven touchdowns, while adding two more scores through the air in 11 games that year. The Davenport, Florida native tied an NFL record during that same season recording a touchdown in six consecutive games to start his career. Williams then spent portions of 2016 and 2017 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The former Florida State Seminole spent four years (2011-2014) at the Tallahassee school, where as a freshman and sophomore he played safety, making 39 tackles and one interception in 25 games. After making the transition to running back one game into his junior season, Williams rushed for 1,419 yards and 22 touchdowns over 26 games during his final two years at FSU. Williams helped the ‘Noles win the BCS National Championship in 2014.
Starczala, 23, was drafted by the Argos in the seventh round of the 2019 CFL Draft but chose to return to the University of Guelph for his final year of USPORTS eligibility. The 6’5, 315-pound offensive lineman from Cambridge, ON helped the Gryphons get to the OUA semi-finals this season, a year after getting to the Yates Cup in 2018.
Hansen, 24, played at the University of Alberta where he tallied 23.5 tackles and one forced fumble in eight regular season games in 2019, helping the Golden Bears get to the Canada West semi-finals. The 6’4 defensive back previously played for the CJFL’s Edmonton Huskies and signed a letter of intent with the University of North Dakota in 2015.