Dalvin Cook entered the 2016 college football season as one of the Heisman Trophy front-runners and considered by many to be one of the most talented running backs in the nation.
Unfortunately for Cook, his season has gotten off to a slow start.
Through three games, Cook has totaled just 228 yards and two touchdowns. This has led to many wondering whether the Florida State star is suffering from an injury or whether there is something else limiting his production.
Well, according to Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher, there is no reason for concern because Cook is fine.
“Everybody says that. Dalvin is fine, there’s nothing wrong with Dalvin. I mean normal bumps and bruises. He’s probably healthier than he was a year ago when you get right down to it,” said Fischer at his weekly press conference.
“The yards he got the other day, I thought he ran pretty dag gone good,” Fisher added. “There were a couple, we missed on the kick-out block on their sideline, for some reason we turn up. It’s out. We come on a sweep to the right one time early in the game, we get the kick out on the safety, the back, as we’re going to make that cut, if he makes that block, it’s an 80-yard touchdown.”
The injury concerns aren’t completely unfounded, however.
Cook missed the entire spring after surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum. Perhaps that lack of preparation leading up to the season has contributed to his slow start, but if Jimbo Fisher says there is no reason for concern then we could finally see Cook put together a breakout game.
He will get that chance this weekend when Florida State travels to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for a meeting with South Florida.
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