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Cam Akers
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Akers at the 2017 All-American Bowl
Personal information
Born: (1999-06-22) June 22, 1999 (age 25)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Clinton
(Clinton, Mississippi)
College:Florida State (2017–2019)
Position:Running back
NFL draft:2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Rushing yards:1,581
Rushing average:4.0
Rushing touchdowns:11
Receptions:38
Receiving yards:320
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at PFR

Cam Akers (born June 22, 1999) is an American football running back who is a free agent. He played college football for the Florida State Seminoles.

Akers was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft. He spent four seasons with the team, including the 2021 season where he tore his Achilles tendon. He returned for the postseason and was a part of the Super Bowl LVI championship team. In 2023, he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, where another Achilles injury prematurely ended his season.

Early years

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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 Mississippi 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]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Cam Akers
RB
Clinton, MS Clinton (MS) 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 4.41 Dec 27, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 2 (RB)  247Sports: 1 (RB)  ESPN: 1 (RB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Florida State Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 24, 2023.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 24, 2023.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 24, 2023.

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]

High school statistics

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Season Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds TD
2013 63 134 47.0 881 7 3 -- 123 684 4
2014 119 200 59.5 1,800 20 5 112.1 166 896 17
2015 141 250 56.4 2,331 20 8 101.3 169 1,418 16
2016 173 280 61.8 3,128 31 6 128.1 242 2,105 34
Career 496 864 57.4 8,140 78 26 106.7 700 5,103 71

College career

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Akers with Florida State in 2019

2017 season

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Florida State began the season against Alabama in the Chick-fil-a Kickoff Game. Akers rushed for 30 yards on 10 attempts in his college debut. They would lose, 24–7.[9] Akers first 100-yard game came against Miami (FL), where he rushed for 129 yards on 14 carries in a 24–20 loss.[10] Against Duke a week later, Akers scored his first college touchdown on a 46-yard touchdown run to beat the Blue Devils, 17–10.[11] In a game against Syracuse, Akers rushed for 199 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.[12] Against Louisiana–Monroe in the final regular season game, Akers rushed for 117 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns.[13] After the 2017 Independence Bowl, Akers totals on the season went to 194 attempts for 1,025 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. His rushing total broke the FSU freshman record previously held by Dalvin Cook in 2014 when he rushed for 1,008 yards.[14] Akers was named Third-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) at the end of the season.[15]

2018 season

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Akers was again the starter for the 2018 season. He was also named Preseason All-ACC.[16] Akers didn't have a very good season, not having a 100-yard performance until second to last game of the season against Boston College, where he rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.[17] Akers finished the season with 706 yards on 161 attempts and six touchdowns as well as 23 receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

2019 season

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In Florida State's second game of the season, Akers rushed for 193 yards on 36 carries and a pair of touchdowns. He also had five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown in their 45–44 win over Louisiana–Monroe. His 36 carries was a program record.[18] Against Louisville, Akers had 112 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a 35–24 win.[19] Against Wake Forest, Akers carried the ball 30 times for 157 yards and a touchdown as well as four receptions for 42 yards and another touchdown.[20] A week later against Syracuse, Akers had 20 carries for 144 yards and four touchdowns to rout the Orange, 35–17. His four touchdowns tied the program record.[21] In Akers final game against Florida, he had 17 rush attempts for 102 yards and a touchdown in a 40–17 loss.[22]

On December 14, 2019, Akers announced he would be skipping the Sun Bowl to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.[23] Akers finished his season tied for seventh in single-season touchdown carries with 14 and seventh in career rushing touchdowns with 27. His 1,144 yards were ranked sixth for a single-season and his 2,875 career rushing yards rank sixth in program history.[24] He was also named Second-Team All-ACC at the end of the season.[25]

College statistics

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Florida State Seminoles
Season GP Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2017 13 194 1,025 5.3 7 16 116 7.3 1
2018 12 161 706 4.4 6 23 145 6.3 2
2019 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

Professional career

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Pre-draft

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Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 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 1.47 s 2.62 s 4.42 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[26][27]

Akers was considered the sixth-best running back to enter the 2020 NFL Draft and was a projected second-round pick.[28]

Los Angeles Rams

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Akers with the Rams in 2020

2020 season

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Akers was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round, 52nd overall, in the 2020 NFL Draft.[29]

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.[30][31] In Week 14 against the New England Patriots, 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.[32][33] Akers was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 14.[34]

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.[35] 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.[36]

2021 season

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On July 20, 2021, Akers tore his Achilles tendon while working out shortly before the start of training camp. Akers was expected to be sidelined for the entire 2021 season,[37] as he was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list to start the season. However, he was one of the first players to receive the SpeedBridge surgery, shortening his recovery time from 12 months to five months, and was activated to the active roster on December 25, 2021.[38] Akers returned to action in Week 18 against the San Francisco 49ers.[39] In the Super Bowl, Akers had 13 carries for 21 rushing yards and three receptions for 14 receiving yards in the Rams 23–20 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals.[40]

2022 season

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Akers at training camp in 2023

Akers was expected to start Week 1 but ended up only getting three rushing attempts for three yards. Akers requested a trade from the Rams after Week 5 and did not play in the Rams' next two games. Akers returned to practice on November 3 and later denied requesting a trade.[41]

Against the Denver Broncos in Week 16, Akers rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns in the 51–14 win.[42] He rushed for 123 yards on 19 carries against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 17 and 104 yards on 21 carries against the Seahawks in Week 18 and three catches for 24 receiving yards, finishing the season with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games.[43][44] He finished the 2022 season with 188 carries for 786 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns to go along with 13 receptions for 117 receiving yards in 15 games and nine starts.[45]

2023 season

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Akers began the season as the Rams' starting running back in Week 1 at the Seahawks. He carried the ball 22 times for 29 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Los Angeles's 30–13 season-opening win. For unspecified reasons, Akers was inactive before the Week 2 game against the 49ers, with Kyren Williams making the start at running back.[46]

Minnesota Vikings

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On September 21, 2023, the Rams traded Akers and a conditional 2026 seventh-round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a conditional 2026 sixth-round pick.[47][48][49] Akers was announced as inactive for Week 3.[50] In his Vikings debut against the Carolina Panthers, Akers rushed for 40 yards on five attempts as well as two catches for 11 yards. The Vikings would win, 21–13.[51] But, in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons, Akers suffered an injury to his left Achilles.[52] He was placed on the injured reserve list on November 8, 2023.[53]

NFL career statistics

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Legend
Won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high

Regular season

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Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 LAR 13 5 145 625 4.3 61 2 11 123 11.2 38 1 1 1
2021 LAR 1 0 5 3 0.6 2 0 3 10 3.3 6 0 0 0
2022 LAR 15 9 188 786 4.2 42 9 13 117 9.0 10 0 2 2
2023 LAR 1 1 22 29 1.3 12 1 0 0
MIN 6 0 38 138 3.6 19 1 11 70 6.4 30 0 0 0
Career 36 15 398 1,581 4.0 61 13 38 320 8.4 38 1 3 3

Postseason

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Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2020 LAR 2 2 46 221 4.8 20 2 3 51 17.0 44 0
2021 LAR 4 3 67 172 2.6 15 0 8 76 9.5 40 0
Career 6 5 113 393 3.5 20 2 11 127 11.5 44 0

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