The Florida State Seminoles are coming off of a disappointing loss against the Clemson Tigers that ended their hopes to get into the second College Football Playoff. Despite the disappointment, Dalvin Cook is looking to break the Seminoles’ single-season rushing record that is currently held by former FSU and NFL star running back Warrick Dunn.
Heading into Florida State’s game this weekend against N.C. State, there is a good chance that Cook could break the record on his first carry of the game. Dunn has held the record for the last 20 years.
Cook will enter the game needing just 12 yards to break the record and he has been rushing for an impressive 34.5 yards per carry on his first carry in games this season. That alone shows just how dominant he has been and why it wouldn’t be surprising to see this record broken immediately.
When Cook has been facing ACC opponents, that average has skyrocketed to an even more impressive 54.0 yards per carry.
Now that the record is officially on the line, Cook talked about how honored he is to be in a position to break it.
“It’s a blessing,” Cook said. “Warrick Dunn, that’s one of the greats that you always look and watched when I was growing up. To break his record, that’s a blessing from God. It’s an honor just to be mentioned with him.”
He is handling this opportunity with extreme class and maturity. Too many players would not be handling it the right way, but Cook isn’t going to allow himself to be one of those people.
There is no question that Cook is one of the top running backs in the nation this season. He has carried the football 148 times for 1,231 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. Cook isn’t considered too much of a Heisman candidate at this stage of the season, but all it would take is one or two more massive games to put his name in the conversation.
All of that being said, keep an eye out for Cook to break Dunn’s rushing record this week.
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