Florida Point out had one of the deepest and most talented operating back again units in college or university soccer at this time final year.
Now the Seminoles are down to a few operating backs on the roster.
Jacques Patrick finished out his eligibility in 2018, Zaquandre White was moved to linebacker and sooner or later transferred, and Amir Rasul is at present transferring from the method.
That leaves Junior Cam Akers, redshirt sophomore Khalan Laborn, and sophomore Anthony Grant on the roster.
The FSU operating sport was one of the worst in college or university soccer final period. The Seminoles finished 129th out of 130 groups in yards for each have (2.79).
But the vast majority of the blame for the deficiency of success isn’t going to tumble on the operating back again unit.
The Seminoles’ offensive line could not block proficiently, and quarterback Deondre Francois’ inability to operate the offense properly limited what the operating backs had been in a position to do.
Akers broke Dalvin Cook’s freshman hurrying report in 2017 with 1,024 yards, but struggled — together with the relaxation of the offense and operating sport — in 2018 with 706 yards and 6 touchdowns.
He averaged just 4.39 yards for each have after averaging 5.28 in 2017.
Akers had just one 100-as well as property hurrying sport in 2018 (110 vs. Boston School) and had underneath 60 yards in 6 of the 12 games.
He did have a part in the passing sport with 23 receptions for 145 yards and two acquiring touchdowns.
Akers was demoted from the beginning placement 6 games into the period, but acquired it back again around Patrick two games afterwards. He commenced 10 of the 12 games FSU performed.
Laborn arrived into the 2018 period with higher anticipations after coming into the method as a five-star and redshirting the 2017 period.
These anticipations had been cut shorter when he suffered a dislocated kneecap in the 2nd sport of the period towards Samford. He did not have a have on the period, but did have one reception.
The one reception does give hope for the participant that Laborn can turn out to be in the future. He made numerous Virginia Tech defenders miss while racing 37 yards in the period-opener.
Laborn has been doing work out in the course of the off-period, but it is really not apparent nevertheless if he will be available to apply in the spring.
Grant arrived in and acquired playing time as a kickoff returner as a freshman. He did get five carries in the course of the period, but finished with zero yards.
He had 11 returns and averaged a workforce-higher 22.45 yards for each return.
Grant was a standout performer in the course of FSU’s NoleDrills all over the 2018 period, but wasn’t in a position to crack into the lineup with Akers, Patrick, and Rasul forward of him.
He should have a considerably even bigger impact in 2019, and the anticipations are higher for him amid all those inside the method.
The Seminoles did not indication a operating back again in the 2019 recruiting class so these a few gamers will be the team FSU carries into the 2019 period.
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