The praise keeps rolling in for Florida State defensive back Derwin James ahead of the 2017 season.
Already named as the top college football player in the country by Sports Illustrated, James now has been named as one of four “value” picks to win the Heisman Trophy this year.
“I know that defensive players, especially ones not really involved in the offense, have virtually no shot at the Heisman, but … James is special,” wrote SI’s Bruce Feldman. “He is a play-making machine that can be deployed all over the field in a variety of roles.
“If he has a monster performance and shows he’s the best player on the field in Week 1 against Alabama when all eyes will be on that game, he could give juice to a Heisman campaign. That said, will he then be able to consistently produce enough of the kind of numbers to hold voters attention?”
James was named All-ACC third team in 2015 after recording 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 5 pass breakups, 3 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. He also earned honorable mention All-America honors from CBSSports.com and was named a freshman All-American by USA Today, Sporting News and more.