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FSU RB Cam Akers discusses playing through injury and the evolution of the offensive line

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Akers’ early impression of the O-line: ‘like night and day.’

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After eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing as a rising freshman, former 5-star Cam Akers was set for a breakout sophomore season in 2018. As we know, 2018 didn’t go as planned in more ways than one, and despite looking more comfortable towards the end of the season and finishing with respectable numbers, it was an underwhelming year for Akers and the running game as a whole.

A lot of the struggles in the running game can be attributed to well documented offensive line struggles, but Akers also revealed that he played through an ankle sprain much of last year.

“There was a lot of games where you would see me coming off hobbling,” Akers said. “I had a sprained ankle all of last year. But, if I was able to be out there I was going to be out there for the team. I was going to wrap it up and go.”

Akers is fully healthy heading into spring, and while FSU fans should taper expectations for the offensive line he will be playing behind, the third-year back says he’s noticed considerable changes to the unit already.

“It’s like night and day,” Akers said. “We all know each other and we’ve all played with each other before. It’s like night and day. We all click, even the new guys. Some of the guys that have never played and the new offensive linemen, everybody clicks, everybody wants it. It’s just a brotherhood.”

Akers also touches on his first impressions of new offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and Khalan Laborn’s return from injury among other things in the video below: