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03/09/17 - Derwin James is happy to be back on the field, even if it is only spring practice. Florida State's sophomore defensive back - who many thought would be one of the nation's top underclassmen last season - was limited to only two games after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during the third quarter against Charleston Southern on Sept. 10. James said he hasn't had any problems with the knee. He isn't wearing a knee brace and is participating in all team drills during the first week. "I haven't played football (in about six months), so it felt great to put on a helmet again," he said. ames' knee surgery revealed no structural damage, and coach Jimbo Fisher was hopeful that James could return for the final month. It didn't happen though. James said it wasn't until after January that he felt like the knee was really 100 percent.
James led the Seminoles in tackles after the first two games and had his first interception in the Sept. 5 win over Mississippi . His absence took a toll as Florida State dropped two of its next three games and struggled against mobile quarterbacks. They also were among the national leaders the first half of the season in giving up pass plays of 20 yards or more before improving. After going through his first significant injury, James said he has a better appreciation for playing. "He's been the same Derwin but more mature," Fisher said. "Not that he was immature, but you see him growing in his role as things are going on." Coaches and scouts are impressed by the versatility of the 6-foot-3, 211-pound James. His natural positon is safety but James has played corner in nickel packages and can be an edge rusher in some passing situations. - AP Sports
12/16/16 - Florida State safety Derwin James will not play in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 against No. 6 Michigan. James suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during the second half of the 10th-ranked Seminoles Sept. 10 win over Charleston Southern. James had been doing some on-field running last month but coach Jimbo Fisher ruled him out for the bowl game on Thursday. James came into the season considered one of the top sophomores in the country after finishing second on the team in tackles in 2015. He had an interception in the Sept. 5 win over Mississippi. Fisher also said that quarterback Malik Henry is transferring. The freshman did not play in any games and was suspended for a month earlier in the season due to a violation of team rules. - AP Sports
10/06/16 - Florida State's Derwin James came into the season expecting to be the quarterback of the defense. Due to an injury the second week of the season, his role has changed to more of a coach. The sophomore defensive back, who suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee on Sept. 10, is hopeful he can return by the end of the season for the 23rd-ranked Seminoles. In the meantime, he has been trying to coach up the defensive backs on the sideline for what has been a beleaguered defense. Going into Saturday's game at No. 10 Miami, Florida State (3-2) is among the nation's worst defenses and has dropped two of its past three games. It is in danger of dropping its first three Atlantic Coast Conference games for the first time since 2009.
"With me being hurt, it's like I'm learning more as a coach. So it's kind of different versus going out there and applying it to the field. I'm learning, I'm seeing it and now I'm telling other guys," James said. James has been encouraged with his rehabilitation progress. He is down to just one crutch and is doing flexibility drills, but he didn't want to give a timeline on his return. James' absence has been noticeable. The Seminoles are allowing 6.98 yards per play, which is fourth-worst among the 128 teams in the nation and has given up 25 plays of 30 yards or more, which is second-most in the nation. - AP Sports
09/13/16 - Florida State defensive back Derwin James is having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday there is no timetable how long the sophomore will be out, but he is optimistic that James can return this season. James suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of last Saturday's win over Charleston Southern. The second-ranked Seminoles travel to No. 10 Louisville on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound James is used as a safety, nickelback and edge rusher and is one of the team's top tacklers. He had eight tackles and an interception in the opener against then-No. 11 Mississippi and recorded three tackles against Charleston Southern. Sophomore A.J. Westbrook or senior Nate Andrews are in the mix to start in place of James. - AP Sports
09/12/16 - Florida State free safety Derwin James underwent surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his knee and will miss 2-6 weeks, according to Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher.
The 6-foot-3, 211-pound James is a versatile playmaker rated as the No. 2 sophomore strong safety prospect in the nation by NFLDraftScout.com, behind only Michigan redshirt sophomore Jabrill Peppers.
Fisher said James did not suffer any structural damage and the timetable for his return will become more clear after learning what the doctors saw during the surgery.
James registered 91 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, with 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a true freshman in 2015. He recorded his first career interception in the season-opening victory over Ole Miss.
09/07/16 - SEPT 6 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Derwin James, Florida State, So., FS, 6-3, 211, Haines City, Fla.,...The preseason All-American led the Seminoles on Monday night with eight tackles (six solo) and the first interception of his career. With Ole Miss driving to extend a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, James intercepted the Rebelsí Chad Kelly Ė the first interception of Jamesí career and the first of three interceptions by the Seminoles defense on Monday night. James was a huge part of the Florida State defense that limited the Ole Miss offense to just six points and 75 total yards in the second half of the Seminolesí 45-34, come-from-behind win. - ACC Football
05/22/16 - 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Derwin James, S, Florida State (6-3, 213, Haines City, FL): Freshman All-American last year; His 91 tackles were second on team; Had 9.5 tackles for losses, 4.5 sacks; Forced two fumbles and recovered two. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
12/01/15 - 2015 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): S Derwin James, Fr., Florida State, 30/150 Votes...James developed into arguably the nationís top freshman defender by ranking second on the Noles in tackles (77), tackles for loss (7.5), sacks (3.5), forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (two). - Florida State Football