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Sports Illustrated began unveiling its list of the top 100 current college football players and two FSU players find themselves between Nos. 100 and 91.

99. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

Florida State is one of the few programs that could lose one of the nation’s best players at a position (Dalvin Cook) and not suffer a huge dropoff in production. It helps when you bring in arguably the nation’s top recruit at that position. (Alabama’s Najee Harris has a strong case, too.) Akers is a 5’11”, 213-pound quarterback-convert who can both run through would-be tacklers and gallop away from them for big gains. The true freshman won’t be carrying the Seminoles’ rushing load by himself, but he should thrive as a change-of-pace option next to junior Jacques Patrick.

91. Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State

Francois led all freshman quarterbacks with 3,350 passing yards in 2016, bursting onto the scene in the season opener with 419 yards through the air in the Seminoles’ frantic comeback win over Ole Miss. He will be expected to improve his accuracy in his second year as the starter, but he should continue to make an impact with his legs after scoring five rushing touchdowns in 2016. After stumbling against the best defenses on Florida State’s schedule a year ago, Francois will be asked to go toe-to-toe with dual-threat counterparts Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson in the two toughest games on Florida State’s schedule.

David Hale of ESPN took to his Facebook page to share an interesting stat about Florida State’s rush defense in 2016.

Here’s an interesting subplot to Florida State’s defense from a year ago… On between-the-tackles runs, FSU allowed 3.40…

Posted by David M Hale on Monday, June 19, 2017

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