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Week Ten Offensive and Defensive MVP’s

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Florida State held on to defeat Syracuse 27-24 despite stalling in the second half on offense. The Seminoles were able to get into the end zone three times in the first half but only kicked two field goals during the final 30 minutes. The Orange forced FSU to punt a whopping nine times in the game. Thankfully, we all were able to watch sophomore punter Logan Tyler drop some dimes.

But seriously, FSU games are getting pretty predictable. You have a mainly inconsistent offense mixed with a defense that’s leakier than a broken faucet. The offense struggles to moves the ball but still looks competent at different points throughout the game. The defense makes a couple stops but leaves you scratching your head when you need them the most. The `Noles either fail down the stretch (NC State, Miami, Louisville) or narrowly pull out a victory due to the opposing team’s offense not scoring on their final drive, hence Wake Forest, Duke, and Syracuse. We’ll see if this tune plays true against the Clemson Tigers in Death Valley.

Offensive MVP: Cam Akers, Running Back, Freshman

Was there any other choice? True freshman Cam Akers absolutely torched Syracuse on his way to a career day. Akers finished the victory with 22 carries for 199 yards and two scores. He also added three catches for 18 yards to go over 200 total yards for the first time in his career.

The former five-star prospect took a handoff from Blackman in the pistol formation before shaking a defender at the line of scrimmage and sprinting up the left side of the field. Akers wouldn’t be touched until he was inside the five but he was still able to get into the end zone for a 54-yard score. The end of the play really should’ve resulted in a horse collar penalty against Syracuse. He would score again later in the second quarter. Akers took another handoff from the pistol and ran up the left side of the field before cutting back and scoring up the right side. Again, the same Orange defender was seen grabbing for the horse collar again (Sorry to cut in here, but it really feels like FSU hasn’t had a horse collar penalty go in their favor in like ten years, ok back to Akers greatness).The touchdown was from 63 yards out, a new career long rush for the true freshman.

Akers has recorded 127 carries for 695 yards and three scores on the ground in 2017. He’s almost on pace for 1K yards with games against Clemson, Delaware State, Florida, and possibly ULM remaining. By the way, some guy named Dalvin Cook’s best game as a freshman saw Cook run 31 times for 179 yards and a score. The performances by Akers this season have been truly remarkable, especially due to the fact that he’s a freshman and his offensive line is garbage.

Defensive MVP: Derwin James, Safety, Redshirt Sophomore

Derwin James had a season-low three tackles against Syracuse but he did something that the entirety of the defense has struggled with all season, forcing turnovers. Florida State is currently -10 in turnover margin. The Seminoles have committed a whopping 16 turnovers this season while only forcing 6. James was able to come down with an interception on the first drive of the afternoon.

The junior defensive back rolled with the Syracuse running back out of the backfield up the left side of the field. Quarterback Eric Dungey tossed a pass to the running back but James kept his eyes on the ball, leaping up and coming down with it. It was James’ first interception during the 2017 season. On the other end, FSU used a long touchdown pass from James Blackman to take advantage of the turnover.

James and fellow safety Trey Marshall did have a miscommunication in the second quarter that resulted in a 47-yard score for Syracuse. The two seemed to not fully acknowledge their assignment change when the Orange motioned a running back out to wide receiver. Classic Charles Kelly defense.

Dustin Lewis

Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.



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