“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
Derwin James primed to be the “next big thing”
- Updated: July 19, 2016
A season ago James concluded his 2015 freshman campaign at FSU with 91 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss and five pass breakups. Every quarterback that James faced throughout the season had to pray their offensive linemen could somehow try to hold him back.
None of which were successful.
His versatility is what sets him apart. When James wasn’t swatting down passes, he was torpedoing toward loose fumbles for the Seminoles. James finished the season on a strong note with a season-high 14 tackles against the Houston Cougars in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. In total, James led the team in tackles a team-best five times in 2015. The ability to put his hand in the dirt, cover in space or lock down a single opposing player makes James as important a player in all of college football.
All indications suggest that James has more than carried over this momentum. During spring practice head coach Jimbo Fisher spoke on the success that James has enjoyed not just on the field, but in the locker room as well.
“He just gets it,” Fisher said. “The physical skills are crazy, he’s unbelievably instinctive but he’s an intelligent guy, a very intelligent person, not just football player. And then he’s a great people person. Derwin’s a fun guy to be around. Guys just flock to him. He has that charisma.”
The 2016 Florida State defense is expected to be one of the best units in the country. With James’ leadership patrolling the secondary, his consistent play will allow the rest of the Seminoles to excel in shutting down opposing offenses.
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