Defensive back Derwin James had an outstanding freshman season for the Florida State Seminoles. He was named to the Freshman All-American team by numerous publications after racking up 91 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
James figures to be a huge part in the Seminoles’ plan of slowing down Chad Kelly and the Ole Miss offense when the teams square off in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 5 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). But James had minor foot surgery two weeks ago per Warchant.com, and his availability for the opener was in doubt.
James took to Twitter on Saturday to quell any doubt about his status for the season opener.
— Derwin James Jr (@derwinjames6) July 30, 2016
James and the Seminole defense will have a tough task in addition to slowing down Kelly and the Ole Miss offense. Florida State also must replace Jalen Ramsey, who was taken with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Kelly led the SEC in passing yards and passing touchdowns last year with 4,042 yards and 31 touchdowns. Ole Miss also will be replacing one of its top targets from last year in wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who went to Minnesota with the No. 23 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.