While Dalvin Cook’s rushing numbers aren’t quite as good as last year’s — 140 rushing yards compared to 127 this season — he still is No. 8 on the rushing list this season. More impressively, he’s second in the nation in total yards from scrimmage averaging 184.2 a game which means he’s averaging about 57 yards on catches per game this season.
Cook seems to be getting his legs back under him and back to last season’s rushing form with a career-high 267 rushing yards against USF two weeks ago and then a 140-yard day against UNC this past weekend. While Cook’s averaging the second-most yards from scrimmage he actually has the most total right now with 921 and is averaging 15.1 yards a catch.
Everyone has taken notice of Cook’s talents this year and coach Jimbo Fisher is certainly thankful for that. “He could always catch the ball very well. And then (he learned) how to get open and how to sit in a zone and how to work a man coverage guy. He worked at the game.”
Fisher went on to say that not only does it help to get Cook the ball in a variety of ways, but that skill is important for him to get to the next level. While working on this skill, he also became the first ever FSU running back to have a game in which he had 100 reception and rushing yards, which is pretty surprising considering all the greats that have come through the program.
Cook also detailed how he did it and how coach Fisher helped him out. “Coach Fisher did a great job of starting me off with little swing routes out of the backfield and just getting me one-on-one with linebackers. I was winning those battles, and he just kept getting me more comfortable with it.”
Sounds like Cook is going to be incredibly comfortable throughout the season and that should help redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois down the road as well as the team. Hopefully his new talent can translate into some more wins for a 3-2 team that hasn’t won a game in conference yet.