Seahawks WR Michael Williams returned to USC's campus last November, overweight, unfulfilled and talking about a comeback.
"He came through and said he was going to do this and that," said Carroll, who coached Williams in college. "I kind of didn't think much of it at the time because he was probably 30 pounds heavier than he is right now."
That day marked a turning point in Williams' conditioning, and perhaps his football career. For the past three weeks, the receiver has shown flashes of the talent that once made him a top-10 draft choice. Signed by Seattle to a one-year contract after a tryout in April, Williams is attempting to grab hold of this opportunity to return to the NFL after spending the past two seasons out of the league.
"He's definitely at a place where he's really competitive physically," Carroll said. "It's the best I've seen him since maybe his sophomore year of college. He's very serious about it, so maybe he gets a chance to give us some help."