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Jim McElwain discusses Dalvin Cook, his former verbal commitment to Florida

Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators have the daunting task of preparing for arguably the nation’s most explosive running back in Florida State’s Dalvin Cook. To add to that, virtually their entire defensive line is banged up heading into game week. Regardless of the shape their in, the Gators still have to suit up and play, and they’re facing a former Florida verbal commit in Cook.

Cook was verbally committed to Florida during his recruiting process. After Florida’s 4-8 year in 2013 under Will Muschamp, he flipped and verbally committed to Florida State in January 2014 during Under Armour All-American week. The rest, as you all know is history — Cook in his sophomore year is breaking records in Tallahassee. McElwain met with the media on Monday to talk about the sophomore running back.

“The guy’s a great guy. He’s a fire breather, he’s a glass eater. He’s a difference maker, so some guys in this college football they have “it.” That every time they touch “it” they can make “it” happen and hit a home run. McElwain said. I mean this guy has “it.” You know I hope we’ll be able to tackle the guy.”

“I mean there haven’t been many teams that have, and he’s a different runner than maybe the guy up at LSU. What do I mean by that, he’s probably got a little one-cut, one-step quickness and go. Yet, he runs with power. He runs behind his pads. He can catch the ball. He’s the complete package. And I know that they use him and they get him the ball like they should. The guy is a difference maker.”

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