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Former Seminoles star Cam Akers impressive again in NFL Playoffs

Running back caps off great rookie season with strong NFL Divisional Round performance

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Again the Los Angeles Rams relied on rookie running back Cam Akers in NFL postseason play. And again, the former Florida State Seminoles football star showed out, gaining 96 total yards.

As touchdown underdogs playing at the hallowed grounds of Lambeau Field, the Rams rode Akers for 18 carries, 90 yards, and a key third quarter touchdown. Not only was the FSU product utilized in the wildcat on several drives, he was the only back to even receive a carry in the 32-18 Divisional Round loss to Green Bay.

Trailing by 15 points in the second half, Akers was the engine behind a clutch drive to keep Los Angeles in the game. Lined up alone in the backfield and taking the snap himself, he plunged in for a touchdown from 8 yards out.

Rams head coach and play-caller Sean McVay then opted for a two-point conversion try, and prominently featured Akers in the one of the game’s most crucial plays. Former Florida Gators wide receiver Van Jefferson caught a bubble screen and pitched the ball backwards to a trailing Akers, who trotted into the end zone to make it a one-score game.

As you can see, the play worked beautifully. Once the Rams fell behind by two scores, they were forced to pass, putting a cap on another strong playoff performance for the rookie.

Akers was particularly elusive, frequently stiff-arming defenders or making multiple tacklers miss against a juggernaut Packers team.

Heading into next year, the budding star may be in line for a lion’s share of the carries for the Rams. Akers’ play in the final 8 games of the season quickly established him as one of the top young running backs in the NFL.