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By BJ Bennett
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Super-Cam has done it all for Florida State.

After Florida State’s win over Syracuse on Saturday, head coach Willie Taggart said that he believes Cam Akers is the best running back in the country. He is, without question, in the mix. After 20 carries for 144 yards and four touchdowns against the Orange, Akers continues to make a run at history. Two years after becoming the first Seminole freshman to top 1,000 yards on the ground, he, currently over 900 yards, will likely soon join Warrick Dunn and Dalvin Cook as the only Florida State players with multiple 1,000-yard seasons.

Additionally, Akers is poised to soon move into the program’s top five in rushing all-time, potentially pursuing All-American honors along the way. Draft stock rising, Akers, fresh off a signature performance on Homecoming, is settling in. 

Akers, at this point, ranks in college football’s top ten in rushing yards with 917, rushing touchdowns with an ACC-best 12, carries with 174 and runs of at least ten yards with 27. A versatile playmaker, Akers also has 21 receptions, including three for touchdown.

In the Syracuse victory, Akers lined up in the wildcat position a number of times, a formation head coach Willie Taggart calls “QB3”. Akers, who played quarterback in high school, ran productively and completed 2-of-3 passes for good measure.

“Cam Akers,” Taggart joked with the media on Monday when asked to name a quarterback for this week.       

Super-Cam has done it all for Florida State. He has at least one touchdown in seven of the Seminoles’ games, scoring multiple times on four different occasions. Akers’ comprehensive production truly has been rare; he is the only ACC player this millennium with a minimum of 900 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns and 20 receptions eight games into a season. The last Power Five player with those metrics at this point in the year was current NFL star Ezekiel Elliott from Ohio State. 

Setting in for the stretch run, Akers has been at his best the past few weeks. In recent games against Syracuse and Wake Forest, he ran 50 times for 301 yards and five touchdowns, adding six receptions and another score. Akers, against the Orange, tied a Florida State record with four rushing touchdowns, also adding a two-point conversion. His 26 points scored last weekend, nearly setting another program mark, are the most by any ACC player this season and the third-most of any player nationally. Saturday was Akers’ 10th career 100-yard rushing effort.   

Akers has been more than just the leader of the Seminoles, he has been the team’s heart and soul. Akers, attitude to production, continues to be the tone-setter for the Seminoles. He now leads Florida State into an important rivalry week pairing with Miami.   

At a place where current pros like Cook, Devonta Freeman and Chris Thompson helped add to the standard set by Dunn and others, Akers is adding his own legacy to the lineage. To date, those rushing totals stretch over a mile-and-a-half. His impact goes even further.    

Already, Akers has a place in the record books. Eyes on the endzone, he’s coming for more.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: / Twitter: @BJBennettSports