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Replacing Cam Akers won’t be easy for Florida State, but the Seminoles received a huge blessing on Tuesday.
Former Texas A&M running back Jashaun Corbin took to social media on Tuesday to announce that he was granted immediate eligibility. Corbin will join an FSU team that was very thin at the position.
A redshirt sophomore, Corbin rushed for 137 yards in two games last season for the Aggies before going down with a season-ending hamstring injury. As a prospect out of Rockledge, Corbin was once committed to FSU. Corbin decommitted in December 2017 just days after head coach Jimbo Fisher left Tallahassee for College Station.
What it Means
Corbin being granted immediate eligibility now gives first-year head coach Mike Norvell and FSU a number of options in the backfield. With 483 yards to his name, Corbin has more career rushing yards than anyone else on the FSU roster. Corbin rushed for a career-high 103 yards in last season’s opener against Texas State. As a freshman, Corbin averaged a solid 5.7 yards per carry.
All of a sudden, the FSU backfield doesn’t seem so thin. Redshirt junior Khalan Laborn has shown flashes over the last couple years. Like Corbin however, Laborn has also dealt with injury issues.
Another name to watch is true freshman Lawrance Toafili. If both Corbin and Laborn can stay healthy, FSU should have a nice stable of backs. Not to be lost in the mix is redshirt sophomore Anthony Grant. Grant was well liked by Willie Taggart’s staff early on, but was away from the team for most of last season.
That trio or quartet will try to help replace the production of the departed Akers. Last season, Akers finished with 1,144 yards and 18 total touchdowns in 11 games. Akers leaves FSU, ranking in the top 10 all-time in rushing yards and touchdowns. Last season, he joined Warrick Dunn and Dalvin Cook as the only Seminoles to rush for 1,000 yards in multiple seasons.