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09/27/17 - S Derwin James is second on the team in tackles with 14 through two games. However, defense isn't where you should watch for James this week. Special teams, and maybe even offense, is where you might see James make his biggest impact against Wake Forest. With FSU needing a spark on special teams in the second half, James returned a kickoff 49 yards. Coach Jimbo Fisher has long toyed with putting him on offense as well, so don't be surprised with Florida State 0-2 if you see James returning kicks and playing a snap or two of offense this week.
09/26/17 - Arguably the best prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft, Florida State redshirt sophomore DS Derwin James (6-2, 211, 4.52, #3) has been very up-and-down in his return from injury this season, which was fully illustrated against N.C. State. On one hand, when he unlocks his hips and runs, his closing speed is special, covering a ton of ground. James has the body control and awareness to get a jump on plays vs. both the pass and the run, creating chaos for the offense. However, he has also struggled in some areas, specifically in space when asked to make stops.
In the second quarter, the Wolfpack had a 71-yard touchdown play that wouldn't have happened if James was able to make the open field tackle. But he waited on the ballcarrier, turned his hips to make the conservative tackle and couldn't compensate when Jakobi Meyers cut the opposite way, taking it the distance. While clearly a negative play, it also brings up the question – does James fully trust his surgically repaired knee? Based on talent, he is one of the top five prospects in the country, but that question could linger into the pre-draft process. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/25/17 - Winless Florida State finds itself outside of the Top 25 for the first time since 2011 in the latest Associated Press poll released Sunday. The Seminoles are 0-2 after Saturday's 27-21 home loss to North Carolina State. Florida State was ranked 12th prior to the defeat that caused the plummet out of the rankings. The Seminoles began the season ranked third. They dropped their opener to top-ranked Alabama and also lost standout quarterback Deondre Francois with a season-ending knee surgery. The 0-2 start is Florida State's first since 1989. On that occasion, they won their final 10 games to finish the season No. 3 in the nation. The top five remains unchanged with Alabama still atop the rankings and defending national champion Clemson sitting at No. 2. Oklahoma is third, followed by USC and Washington. The Crimson Tide received 52 first-place votes. Clemson got eight and Oklahoma received one. - The Sports Xchange
09/25/17 - S Derwin James is currently second on the team in tackles with 14 through two games, and he has a half a sack and one pass breakup. James had an interception against N.C. State wiped away because of a penalty, but he made a acrobatic move to find the tipped ball and come down with it.
09/05/17 - Sept 5 ACC Defensive back of The Week: Derwin James, Florida State, S, 6-3, 211, So.-r, Haines City, Fla.,...After missing the final 11 games of 2016 with a knee injury, James return to record six tackles against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday night. He teamed with Fred Jones on a quarterback sack and helped FSU became the first team since 2008 to hold Alabama to fewer than 100 passing yards and 200 rushing yards in the same game. The defense also held the Crimson Tide to 3-for-16 on third down conversions and in the third and fourth quarters, allowed just 13 points over five consecutive possessions that began in FSU territory. - ACC Football
08/03/17 - S Derwin James, who missed most of last season because of torn knee meniscus, is expected to be one of the top defenders in college football this year. Question is: Could he play both ways. Coach Jimbo Fisher won't rule it out. "Yeah, he could do that," Fisher said. "He could go out there and run, catch a pass, run reverse. He could do anything." James is up for anything. "If Coach wants to put it in hands, I'm going to take care of it," he said. No. 3 Florida State opens the season against top-ranked Alabama in Atlanta.
07/17/17 - Florida State is the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville is the preseason player of the year. The ACC announced voting results Monday following a poll of 167 media members who attended last week's media days in Charlotte. The Seminoles were picked as overall ACC champions on 118 ballots while reigning national champion Clemson received 35 votes. Florida State also was picked as the Atlantic Division favorite while Miami was the top choice in the Coastal. Clemson was picked behind the Seminoles in the division, followed by Louisville, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Boston College. Behind Miami in the Coastal were Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia. - AP College Football
07/11/17 - 2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: S Derwin James, Florida State,...James was selected as the top player in college football by Sports Illustrated in 2017 and is expected to make a big return to the gridiron after missing most of 2016 due to injury. - Florida State Football
07/10/17 - 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: S Derwin James, Florida State,...James was selected as the top player in college football by Sports Illustrated in 2017 and is expected to make a big return to the gridiron after missing most of 2016 due to injury. In 2015, the versatile James appeared in all 13 games and registered 91 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries as a rookie. The Haines City, Fla., native earned All-ACC Third Team honors and was named a Freshman All-American by Sporting News, USA Today, and CampusInsider.com. He led the team in tackles five times in 2015, including a career-high 14 against Houston in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. - Florida State Football
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