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Checking in with Cam Akers’ climb up FSU’s rushing records

History in the making.

NCAA Football: Florida State at Boston College Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

After Florida State’s win over Syracuse, we contextualized Seminole running back Cam Akers’ season and career performance. The junior RB didn’t exactly set the world afire over the last two games against Miami and Boston College, but across that pair of contests he still amassed 125 rushing yards and a score on the ground. So where does Akers now rank in the ’Nole record book?

Akers now has 13 rushing TDs in 2019, breaking out of a three-way tie at a dozen with Pooh Bear Williams (1995) and Warrick Dunn (1996). He’s now tied for eighth in a lone Seminole campaign:

1: Greg Allen (1982), 20

T2: Dalvin Cook (2015), 19

T2: Dalvin Cook (2016), 19

4: Amp Lee (1990), 16

T5: Dayne Williams (1987), 15

T5: Antone Smith (2008), 15

7: Devonta Freeman (2013), 14

T8: Greg Allen (1983), 13

T8: Warrick Dunn (1995), 13

T8: Cam Akers (2019), 13

While healthy, Akers will, of course, always be RB1 for the ’Noles, so he should definitely see a chance to vault into the top-five against Alabama State in FSU’s home finale on Saturday. Backup RB Khalan Laborn would seem to be in line for an increased workload against the overmatched Hornets, but he missed the BC game due to an injury sustained during pregame warmups in Chestnut Hill, so we’ll keep an eye on that.

As far as career rushing scores go, Akers went from eighth into a tie for seventh:

1: Dalvin Cook (2014-2016), 46

2: Greg Allen (1981-1984), 44

3: Warrick Dunn (1993-1996), 37

T4: Amp Lee (1989-1991), 30

T4: Devonta Freeman (2011-2013), 30

6: Travis Minor (1997-2000), 28

T7: Antone Smith (2005-2008), 26

T7: Cam Akers (2017-present), 26

Regarding single-season rushing yardage, Akers was in ninth, just two yards back of Dunn’s ’94 total, two weeks ago. He’s now surpassed not only Dunn, but also Larry Key in ’77 and Greg Allen in ’83. A top-three mark after next weekend is far from unreasonable.

1: Dalvin Cook (2016), 1,765

2: Dalvin Cook (2015), 1,691

3: Warrick Dunn (1995), 1,242

4: Sammie Smith (1987), 1,230

5: Warrick Dunn (1996), 1,180

6: Cam Akers (2019), 1,149

Now to career rushing yards. Akers remains sixth, but breaking the top five in Seminole history is definitely possible.

1: Dalvin Cook (2014-2016), 4,464

2: Warrick Dunn (1993-1996), 3,959

3: Greg Allen (1981-1984), 3,769

4: Travis Minor (1997-2000), 3,218

5: Larry Key (1974-1977), 2,953

6: Cam Akers (2017-present), 2,772

So with the updated totals displayed, what do you think? Where will Akers finish among this elite company?