Cam Akers

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Cam Akers
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Akers in 2020
No. 3 – Los Angeles Rams
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1999-06-22) June 22, 1999 (age 21)
Jackson, Mississippi
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Clinton (MS)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second team All-ACC (2019)
  • Third team All-ACC (2017)
  • USA Today High School All-American (2016)
  • U.S. Army Player of the Year Award (2016)
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Rushing yards:625
Rushing average:4.3
Rushing touchdowns:2
Receptions:11
Receiving yards:123
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Cam Akers (born June 22, 1999) is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State, and was drafted by the Rams in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Akers attended Clinton High School in Clinton, Mississippi,[1] where he played quarterback and running back for the football team. As a senior, he rushed for 2,105 yards and 34 touchdowns, and passed for 3,128 passing yards and 31 touchdowns. For his high school career, he had 13,243 yards and 149 touchdowns.[2] Akers was named MS Gatorade Player of The Year[3] He also played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and won the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award in 2016.[4]

College career[edit]

Akers was rated as a five-star recruit and was ranked among the top recruits in his class.[5][6] He committed to Florida State University to play college football.[7][8] During what was a generally forgettable 7-6 season, Akers set the team freshman record for rushing yards during the 2017 Independence Bowl, bringing his season total to 1,025 yards. This broke the previous record of 1,008 which was set by Dalvin Cook in 2014.

On December 14, 2019, Akers announced he would be skipping the Sun Bowl to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.[9]

College statistics[edit]

Season Team Conf G Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2017 Florida State ACC 13 194 1,025 5.3 7 16 116 7.3 1
2018 Florida State ACC 12 161 706 4.4 6 23 145 6.3 2
2019 Florida State ACC 11 231 1,144 5.0 14 30 225 7.5 4
Career 36 586 2,875 4.9 27 69 486 7.0 7
All values from Sports Reference[10]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10+38 in
(1.79 m)
217 lb
(98 kg)
30+58 in
(0.78 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.47 s 4.42 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11]

Akers was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round, 52nd overall, in the 2020 NFL Draft.[12] In Week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Akers scored his first career touchdown on a four-yard reception in the third quarter in a 27–24 victory on Monday Night Football.[13][14] In Week 14 against the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football, Akers rushed for 171 yards on 29 attempts which marked the sixth-most rushing yards by any NFL player in a single game during the 2020 season and fourth-most by a Rams rookie in a single game in franchise history. The Rams won the game by a score of 24–3.[15][16] Akers was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 14.[17]

In the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks, Akers rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown and caught 2 passes for 45 yards during the 30–20 win.[18] In the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers, Akers rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown during the 32–18 loss.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2020 LAR 13 5 145 625 4.3 61 2 11 123 11.2 38 1
Total 13 5 145 625 4.3 61 2 11 123 11.2 38 1
Playoffs
2020 LAR 2 2 46 221 4.8 20 2 3 51 17.0 44 0
Total 2 2 46 221 4.8 20 2 3 51 17.0 44 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sammon, Will (August 17, 2016). "Cam Akers can leave mark as one of the all-time best". The Clarion-Ledger. Gannett. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Army Bowl Awards: Cam Akers wins Player of the Year on night of honors". USA Today. Gannett. January 6, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Cam Akers 2016 - 2017 MISSISSIPPI FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR". Gatorade. Archived from the original on January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  4. ^ McGahee III, Wayne E. (January 7, 2017). "Florida State commit Cam Akers named U.S. Army Player of the Year". Tallahassee Democrat. Gannett. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Cam Akers, 2017 Running Back". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "Cam Akers, Florida State, Running Back". 247Sports.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Hamilton, Gerry (December 28, 2016). "No. 24 overall prospect Cam Akers commits to Florida State". ESPN. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  8. ^ McGahee III, Wayne E. (December 27, 2016). "Florida State lands 5-star running back Cam Akers". Tallahassee Democrat. Gannett. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Marchant, Jon (December 14, 2019). "Cam Akers to forego bowl game and enter NFL Draft". Tomahawk Nation. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "Cam Akers College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Cam Akers Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  12. ^ Florio, Mike (April 24, 2020). "Rams take Florida State running back Cam Akers". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  13. ^ Klopfer, Brady (November 24, 2020). "Rookies lead Rams to Monday night win over 43 year old Tom Brady". Turf Show Times. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  14. ^ "Cam Akers' first career TD comes on catch out of the backfield". NFL.com. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  15. ^ Jackson, Stu (December 10, 2020). "Game Recap: Cam Akers, defense power Rams to 24-3 win over Patriots on Thursday Night Football". www.therams.com. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  16. ^ "Patriots vs. Rams - Game Recap - December 10, 2020 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 10, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  17. ^ Gordon, Grant (December 16, 2020). "Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, Rams RB Cam Akers lead Players of the Week". NFL.com. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  18. ^ "Wild Card - Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks - January 9th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  19. ^ "Divisional Round - Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers - January 16th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 20, 2021.

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