Florida State running back Cam Akers is off to a great start in his college career. As a freshman, he rushed for 1,025 yards, breaking the school record set by Dalvin Cook a few years ago.
When his position coach, Donte’ Pimpleton, met with Akers and asked him what his goals were for 2018, the rising sophomore had much higher expectations.
“No. 1, a championship. No. 2, rush for 2,000 yards,” Akers said, according to ESPN.
“Let’s do it,” Pimpleton simply replied. “I’m going to get you there.”
Because of his powerful running style, Akers has been compared to Cook, but Akers is already ahead of where Cook was after his first season. Cook became the first Seminoles player to rush for more than 1,000 yards with 1,008 as a freshman in 2014. Akers outdid that by 17 yards.
As a junior in 2016, Cook set the school record with 1,765 rushing yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He finished his FSU career with 4,464 yards.
Akers will have to adapt to a new offense if he is going to break Cook’s single-season mark by about 250 yards this fall. But he says he will “fit in great” in new coach Willie Taggart’s offensive system. With quarterback Deondre Francois coming back from a knee injury, opposing defenses will not be able to focus primarily on stopping the Florida State running game.
If Akers eclipses the 2,000-yard mark, he will become the 31st running back in FBS history since 1956 to reach that mark. It’s a rare feat, but it has been accomplished by seven running backs at Power 5 schools since 2010.