The Seminoles rode Cam Akers’ record tying performance to a dominant win over the Orange on Saturday afternoon and according to FSU head coach Willie Taggart, Akers has been planning this one for a while.
“He told me he was going to break the record for touchdowns and run for a lot of yards and help this football team win. He was going to put this football team on his back and he did that.”
The trust in Akers was evident in how the game plan revolved around getting him the ball. We’ve seen Akers in the wildcat before (affectionately known as the WildCam), but against Syracuse, the high school quarterback orchestrated a scoring drive, completing two passes and finishing with a keeper for his third touchdown of the game.
“We just tried to find different ways for Cam to get the ball and make them defend 11 guys,” Taggart said. “Cam and the O-line, everybody did a good job of executing. It was something we’ve had in the arsenal for a while and it was just a good time to come out and run it.”
Despite another highlight filled afternoon, Akers isn’t touted in the national media quite as much as other running backs across the country. That tends to happen when you start the season like FSU has, but his head coach knows what he has in the former 5-star recruit.
“I really don’t care what they think, Taggart said. “I think he is awesome—I think he is the best running back in the country. The kid, he’s special.”
Taggart’s full press conference, including comments on that trick play (worked thanks to Akers) and the decision to start Alex Hornibrook can be found below:
Willie Taggart Postgame Press Conference: Syracuse
Willie Taggart post game media availability following win agains Syracuse:Posted by TomahawkNation.com on Saturday, October 26, 2019