Cam Akers has announced he will forego playing in the Sun Bowl and enter next spring’s NFL Draft:
Akers, a former five-star recruit and the nation’s top running back prospect, signed with Florida State out of Mississippi in 2017 and leaves FSU as one of the most prolific athletes and running backs to ever don the Garnet and Gold. Akers wasted no time in breaking Dalvin Cook’s freshman rushing record, a single season mark that was ninth all-time. Akers’ 2019 campaign is sixth all-time at Florida State in single-season rushing yards and tied for seventh with Devonta Freeman’s 2013 campaign in single-season rushing touchdowns. Despite playing just three seasons Akers is also sixth all-time in career rushing yards at FSU with 2,875 and seventh in career rushing touchdowns with 27.
It’s hard to overstate how much Akers has meant to the Florida State program over the last three seasons. Despite running behind poor offensive lines his whole career Akers was always productive, averaging over five yards per carry in 2017 and 2019 and over four in 2018 in an impossible situation:
No P5 RB with 50+ carries is averaging fewer yards/carry before contact vs. FBS defenses than Cam Akers (0.46).— Hale Yes! (@ADavidHaleJoint) October 3, 2018
By contrast, Clemson’s Travis Etienne is 2nd-best (5.16).
Using only yard/carry after contact, they’re nearly identical…
Over his three year career in Tallahassee Akers emerged as a respected leader who embodied leadership, physicality, and a never-say-die unconquered spirit. He should be remembered as one of the all-time great Seminole ambassadors and we wish him all the fortune and success in the NFL.
Thank you, Cam. Go get paid.