When running back Dalvin Cook stepped foot on the campus of Florida State, not many close to the football program expected him to make quite the impact he has thus far in the 2014 season. Nonetheless, Cook – in his true freshman season – has burst onto the scene, running for 907 yards and eight touchdowns. But it has been his ability to catch the football out of the backfield that had him taking valuable snaps.
Despite the enormous impact Cook has had on the program, off the field extra curricular issues have once again lingered onto the field for the Florida State Seminoles. Dating back to a summer altercation, Cook has been listed as an associate to an alleged aggravated assault case involving two men who “are alleged to have brandished a firearm at a neighbor on July 17, 2014.” The case remains ongoing and comes at the discovery of nearly 360 FSU athletes that have been involved with the Tallahassee Police Department. ESPN’s Outside The Line’s originally filed the request and the news has caused much uproar across the country surrounding the handling of these athletes.
“We are committed to ensuring that every citizen of this community, including our university students, know that we take every report of possible criminal activity seriously,” said Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo. “We have an obligation, under state law, to respond to national media requests such as this and have done so professionally and with a commitment to openness.”
Amidst the turmoil, FSU will attempt to survive and advance in the first-ever College Football Playoff on January 1 when the Seminoles meet the Oregon Ducks in Pasadena. The matchup highlights two Heisman winning quarterbacks in Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, which should make for a dynamic evening.
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