Flexibility isn’t often a trait associated with linemen. But Cam Erving’s versatility helped define his championship career as a Seminole. Originally from Moultrie, Georgia, Erving was recruited to Florida State as a defensive tackle in 2010, the first year of the Jimbo Fisher era in Tallahassee.
He redshirted that first season, but flipped to the offensive side of the ball before the 2012 season. He was the starting left tackle and an All-ACC honorable mention selection in helping the ’Noles win their first ACC title since 2003— and the first of three straight conference crowns, all behind Erving.
But Erving really announced himself during FSU’s national championship season of 2013. Protecting Jameis Winston’s blindside, Erving was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News, Football News, SI.com, USA Today, and the Football Writers Association of America and a second-teamer per the AP, CBSSports.com, and Walter Camp. He also made the All-ACC first team, where he repeated in 2014.
That season saw Erving’s stock climb even higher. With Rod Johnson maturing, Erving made a mid-season move inside to center, bolstering the Seminoles’ interior effectiveness with his impressive athleticism. He was a first-team All-American per CBSSports.com, he made the second team for Scout.com, and SI.com named him an honorable mention. Erving won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, presented annually to the ACC’s top offensive lineman, in both 2013 and 2014.
The Cleveland Browns recognized Erving’s versatile value, making him a first-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.