Florida State freshman running back Cam Akers became accustomed to breaking free for long touchdown runs at Clinton (Miss.) High School, where he racked up over 5,000 yards rushing over his four years.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher is trying to teach the youngster that long runs don’t come around quite as often against the likes of Alabama and N.C. State.
According to Safid Deen of the Orlando Sentinel, Fisher said his advice to Akers in recent weeks has been, “Every run is not a touchdown.”
While Fisher would like to see Akers hit the hole and take four and five-yard gains when they’re available, he said Akers’ tendency to swing for the fences, so to speak, is not a bad problem to have.
After all, it’s the same tendency Fisher had to work on with a young Dalvin Cook, who ended up an All-American and the ACC’s all-time leader in career yards from scrimmage with 5,399. Cook, a second-round draft pick by the Vikings, saw his rookie season come to an end last weekend when he tore his ACL.
“That’s a learning curve, part of growing up and learning to play, and I said this before, I had the same thing with Dalvin,” Fisher said at his Monday media conference. “Dalvin would come off frustrated and mad and he’d have a six-yard run or a four-yard run or a three-yard run sometimes. Listen, that’s what was there. That’s a good play.”
Once Akers learns when to put his head down and take four yards when it’s available, Fisher said, the big gains will take care of themselves. Overall, he’s excited about Akers’ future.
“You’d rather say whoa than giddy-up,” Fisher said.
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