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Running Back
Clinton, Miss.
high school


Ranks 18th in program history with 1,730 career rushing yards.


Appeared in all 12 games with 10 starts…rushed for team-high 706 yards and six touchdowns, caught 23 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns and had 15-yard kickoff return…versatility resulted in team-best 866 all-purpose yards…tied for fourth in ACC and 14th nationally with three 50-yard runs…earned team’s Bobby Bowden Leadership Award…rushed for season-high 110 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown and made three-yard reception in 22-21 victory vs. No. 22 Boston College…named ACC Running Back of the Week for his effort vs. Eagles…tied career high with 22 carries for 64 yards and one touchdown plus returned one kickoff for 15 yards in 37-19 win vs. Northern Illinois…made career-high seven receptions for career-best 38 yards while rushing 14 times for 76 yards in 36-26 win vs. Samford…opened season with 82 yards on 14 carries vs. No. 20 Virginia Tech…85-yard run vs. Hokies ranked as seventh-longest rush in program history and longest non-scoring rush…rushed 10 times for 52 yards and caught two passes for eight yards at Syracuse…gained 42 yards on 17 carries and had one reception for two yards in 28-24 victory at Louisville…rushed 11 times for 46 yards and caught one seven-yard pass at No. 17 Miami…accounted for season-high 126 all-purpose yards in 38-17 win vs. Wake Forest with 98 yards and career-high-tying two touchdowns on 13 carries and 28 yards on three receptions…also caught three passes vs. No. 2 Clemson, totaling 14 yards…recorded 30 yards and one touchdown on four receptions and rushed for 29 yards at North Carolina State…equaled career-high two rushing touchdowns and gained 63 yards on 12 carries at No. 3 Notre Dame…ended season with 37 yards on 13 rushes and 15-yard touchdown catch vs. No. 13 Florida.


Florida State’s leading rusher with 1,024 yards and seven touchdowns on 194 carries, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and 78.8 yards per game…broke FSU’s freshman rushing record previously held by Dalvin Cook…rushing total also ranked ninth on school’s single-season list…named third-team All-ACC…experienced a break-out game in his first FSU-Miami rivalry game, rushing for 121 yards on 20 carries and broke 11 tackles vs. 13th-ranked Hurricanes…scored first career touchdown in dominating performance at Duke, finishing with 115 yards on 15 carries…posted the second-best rushing performance by a freshman and the 14th best in a game in school history rushing for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries vs. Syracuse…became the second Seminole in school history to rush for two 50+ yard touchdowns in the same game, joining Chris Thompson in 2012…earned ACC Offensive Back and Rookie of the Week honors after his performance against Syracuse…ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries to end the regular season against ULM…hauled in his first career touchdown receptions from 14 yards out in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl against Southern Miss…with quarterback James Blackman, part of FSU’s first true freshman starting backfield when he earned his first start at Boston College…also started vs. Syracuse, at No. 4 Clemson and vs. Delaware State.


One of the most sought-after players in the nation and the country’s top running back recruit in the 2017 class…the five-star Akers ranked as the No. 2 player nationally and the No. 1 running back as part of 247Sports Composite…ranked No. 7 nationally and the top running back by 247Sports and No. 9 in the ESPN300 and the No. 1 running back…rated the No. 3 prospect in the nation by both Rivals and Scout…participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Nike’s ‘The Opening’…was awarded the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award as the nation’s most outstanding high school senior football player…ran for 38 yards and a touchdown in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was named player of the game…graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Miss., and led the Arrows to the Class 6A state championship in 2016 – Clinton’s first-ever state title in football…finished his four-year varsity career by passing for 8,140 yards and 78 touchdowns, while rushing for 5,103 yards and 71 scores…passed for 3,128 yards and 31 touchdowns at a 61.8 completion rate with just six interceptions as a senior to go along with 2,105 yards and 34 touchdowns on the ground…led Mississippi with 65 total touchdowns and ranked second in total yards (5,233)…named Mississippi’s Mr. Football for Class 6A and the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016…named to the 2016 All-USA Today first team offense as a quarterback…two-time all-state selection in 2015 and 2016…passed for 2,331 yards and 20 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,418 yards and 16 scores in 2015…registered 2,596 total yards and accounted for 37 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014…became the Arrows’ starting quarterback as a freshman in 2013 and accounted for 1,565 total yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games…chose Florida State over Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia among several others.