TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Former Florida State running back Cam Akers is the first Florida State University player taken this year, selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Akers was the No. 52 overall pick.
The running back finished his college career with 2,874 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns.
He is one of three players with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons in FSU history, joining Warrick Dunn and Dalvin Cook.
Akers broke Cook’s FSU freshman rushing record with 1,024 yards in 2017 and rushed for 1,144 yards in 2019. Akers’ career average of 958.0 rushing yards per season is the third-highest average in program history.
He ranks sixth all-time at FSU with 2,874 career rushing yards and 11 career 100-yard rushing games. His 206 points scored ranks sixth among non-kickers, his 34 touchdowns places him in a tie for sixth and his 27 rushing touchdowns are seventh on the program’s all-time list.
Akers’ selection marks the 37th straight year a Seminole has been drafted, a streak that dates back to 1984 and is the ninth-longest active streak in the country entering this year’s draft. Akers is the 197th Florida State player drafted in that time frame and 288th in program history.
The Seminoles have had five running backs drafted since 2013 and all of them have been selected in the first five rounds. Only Alabama, with six, has more running backs drafted in the first five rounds since 2013.
In his final season in Tallahassee, Akers accounted for 1,369 all-purpose yards, 18 total touchdowns and 110 points scored and was 4-of-6 passing for 50 yards on his way to earning second-team All-ACC acclaim.
He was one of seven players nationally with at least three touchdowns in three different games during the regular season, and his average of 10.0 points per game led the ACC and ranked sixth in the NCAA.
Akers' 14 rushing touchdowns and 104.0 rushing yards per game were fourth in the conference, and his average of 124.5 all-purpose yards per game ranked fifth.
Akers is the only player in FSU history with at least four touchdowns scored and a two-point conversion in the same game, which he accomplished in the Seminoles’ 35-17 win against Syracuse.
His four rushing touchdowns tied the school record, and his 26 points scored ranked as the second-highest total in program history, the most since 1968, and tied for the seventh-highest total in FBS in 2019.