Will Cam Akers Live Up to the Hype?

After hearing all the hype about Cam Akers in high school, you can only imagine what he is going to bring to the table during his college career. He was the nation’s top 5-star running back recruit in the class of 2017. He was also ranked in the top 10 as a player, and as a running back, in every major recruit ranking website.

While he may have dominated in high school, college is a whole different level. How Akers performs will be one of the most anticipated things to look for on September 2nd when the Noles take on Alabama.

We got an early glimpse of how his freshman campaign might go at the Spring Game in April, and it was an impressive performance to everyone in Doak Campbell Stadium. Akers finished the game with 102 all purpose yards. Including ten carries for 87 yards and two receptions for 15 yards. The fact that Akers’ successful spring game came after only 15 official practices makes you wonder what a full summer of workouts could produce.


What are Akers’ chances of starting?

It hasn’t been declared a definite yes or no just yet, but it is expected that players like Jacques Patrick and Amir Rasul will be starting the first couple of games than Cam Akers will as a true freshman. There is just little chance of Akers starting week one against such a powerful team like Alabama.

Although Akers’ spring game performance and how well he handles summer practices could benefit him for at least some playing time in the first game, he should ultimately be prepared for working his way up into that starting position. Though it could be more likely that as the season goes on if he is producing the results, he could ultimately fill that starting role.

This entire summer leading up to the first game will be a lot of focusing on learning the playbook and getting bigger, faster, and stronger all around. The pace of the game is different than any level he has played at before and he will really have to work for those touchdowns and big runs against the solid teams FSU will face this season.

What will help his chances?

Standing out.

This Florida State team has a lot of strong players and Akers will need to make a name for himself to be a starter. FSU will play five games to start the season before getting a weekend off. Two of those are road games, starting with Alabama and ending at Wake Forest. While the three Saturday’s in between are all big home games, including Miami and NC State.

With such a tough schedule to start off with, Akers will really have to stand out amongst his teammates to earn as much playing time as possible. This doesn’t mean he will have to have multiple 50+ yard runs every game. But after losing Dalvin Cook to the NFL, everyone will still be wanting to see those kinds of plays. One thing to remember is that Dalvin did not start day one, game one, as the all time leading rusher for FSU. He grew into that starting role his freshman year after making key plays and producing strong results for the team. Which is much more likely the part Cam Akers will play as the season goes on. He will have to keep putting up the numbers just like he did in the spring game, and continually improving those stats every game if he wants to live up to this hype he has brought with him to Tallahassee.

If Cam Akers can bring that kind of power and skills to the team this fall, I do not see any reason why he would not eventually be named a starter. By at least week three or four he could be sharing playing time with Jacques Patrick and company.

Akers has the potential to be a great running back and offensive powerhouse throughout his college career. But after last season’s infallible running game, he will have to continue that success passed down to him and really start out his season strong. His ability to break through defenses and his eye for the game is what will set him apart from the competition. His speed will also be a huge contributor, especially once he becomes more accustomed to the playbook and how Fisher coaches this team.

We all know he has the ability to do these great things so it will not be a surprise when the hype following him will be made known to everyone when he plays in his first game.


Haylee Blitch
Writer at NoleGameday covering Football and Baseball. Media and Communications Studies major at Florida State University.

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