Jimbo Fisher, Florida State head coach
“He is a tremendous individual talent who has done tremendous things. He's one of the best, if not the best, in America. There's no doubt about that. If you go back and look, he's made some amazing runs. That guy's got chance to put points on the board every time he touches it.”
“I don’t know who’s the best back in the country, but I wouldn’t trade that one [Dalvin Cook] for nobody in America. He is a tremendous competitor and a tremendous person.”
“Go look at the games he’s been at his best, the opponents he’s done it against, the situations – it’s the biggest moments, of the biggest games against the best opponents. A lot of the time its been on the road when things aren’t going well and he turns the tide. I know I coach him, but I’ve been around Heisman winners and we have as many players in the NFL as anybody ... This guy is at the top of the list of anybody we’ve ever had at Florida State. When you know all of the things he does behind the scenes as a leader and his work ethic – he epitomizes what the Heisman Trophy stands for.”
Dabo Swinney, Clemson head coach
“(He’s) the best running back in the country.”
Dave Doeren, NC State head coach
“What impressed me was how tough he was. He got hurt and you could tell he wasn’t 100 percent with his ankle or lower leg, but he came back in and kept playing. Tough kid. Really impressive back.”
Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN’s Top College Football Analyst
“The guy that I’m really surprised isn’t getting more love is Dalvin Cook from Florida State. This young man might be the most important player in the country to his team. Florida State is still in the national championship race and that has mostly everything to do with Cook putting them on his back."
Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports Senior College Football Columnist
“If Henry is No. 1, Cook is No. 1A. In fact, he’s averaging slightly more yards per game than Henry and is way ahead of the pack with a ridiculous (8.0) yards per carry.”
Brad Edwards, ESPN
“The player to me that is the most fun to watch in college football – Dalvin Cook, the running back for Florida State. Every time I look up while Florida State’s playing, it’s Dalvin Cook running circles around people on his way to the end zone. That’s my number one takeaway from the first half of the season is how good, and how dominant, Dalvin Cook has been.”
Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel Columnist and National Radio Host
“Dalvin Cook is remarkable...I have him right at the top of my ballot. He is at least as good as Derrick Henry. In my opinion Dalvin Cook is not getting near the Heisman love he should be getting. When you rush for 183 yards on that Gator defense like he did last week, that’s a feat..”
Warrick Dunn, former NFL star running back and Florida State All-American
“I love watching him play. He’s as gifted as they come as a running back in my opinion.”
The most explosive player in the nation: Florida State sophomore running back Dalvin Cook has shattered every single-season rushing record in Seminole history and put together one of the most prolific rushing seasons in college football history ...
Cook joins Reggie Bush (8.7; 2005) as the only Power 5 running backs in the last 35 years (since 1980) to rush for over 1,600 yards and average 7.9 yards per carry.
Owns the Florida State single-season rushing record with 1,685 rushing yards on only 211 carries...shattering a 20-year-old mark set by Warrick Dunn in 1995 (1,241 yards).
Also has the FSU single-season all-purpose yardage mark with 1,876 yards ... breaking 38-year-old record of 1,820 set by Larry Key in 1977.
Arguably the toughest player in the nation too...Has pushed through hamstring and ankle injuries this season that limited him to just one quarter of play at Wake Forest and caused him to miss the entire Syracuse game.
No running back has faced better defenses than Cook as he has averaged an incredible 146.4 rushing yards per game and 6.9 yards per carry against Top 25 defenses this season (No. 1 Boston College, No. 5 Florida, No. 7 Clemson, No. 14 Louisville, No. 22 NC State).
Has scored 19 touchdowns (18 rushing, 1 receiving), ranking fifth nationally.
His 7.9 yards per carry average and 8.04 yards per touch lead the nation among Power 5 running backs.
No Heisman Trophy finalist running back since 1980 has a higher yards per carry average than Cook’s 7.9 (the best is Mike Rozier at 7.81 in 1983).
Averaging 194.3 rushing yards per game versus FBS teams with a winning record – the highest average of any player in the country by nearly 40 YARDS. (No. 2 is Alabama’s Derrick Henry at 156.2).
THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE NATION who ranks in the Top 10 in these important rushing categories: rush yards/game (second), rush yards/carry (second), all-purpose yards (fifth), total rush yards (fifth), rushing touchdowns (fourth) and scoring (sixth).
Named Midseason All-American by ESPN, Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports.
Walter Camp National Player of the Week (Sept. 13) and two-time ACC Offensive Back of the Week (Sept. 14, Oct. 12).
Leads the ACC and ranks second in the nation in rushing yards per game (150.7) and yards per carry (7.9 – tops in Power 5).
Leads the nation among Power 5 running backs in yards after contact at 3.62 (ESPN as of Nov. 20).
Leads the nation with six 50-yard runs – only four Power 5 running backs have had more in an entire season in the last decade (David Hale, ESPN).
Leads the nation among Power 5 running backs with 10 runs of 35 or more yards.
Leads the nation among running backs with 22 runs of 20 or more yards...Has 26 total plays of 20 yards or more.
Cook is at his best when the game is close. When the game is tied, Cook has rushed for 495 yards and seven touchdowns on just 39 carries – a ridiculous 12.7 yards per carry average.
Unstoppable once he crosses line of scrimmage, averaging 11.01 yards per carry – 24 percent better than any other Power 5 back (ESPN as of Nov. 20).
Ranks third in the nation in yards from scrimmage at 170.5 per game.
Ranks fifth in the nation in all-purpose yards (includes returns) (170.5).
Also a threat as a receiver, totaling 22 receptions for 218 yards (9.9 average) and one touchdown ... Has four catches of over 20 yards.
Averaging 33.5 yards per touchdown.
Joined Dunn as the only Seminoles with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Has six 150-yard rushing games in 2015 – already an FSU single-season record – and eight total 100-yard games – tying Dunn’s school-record....Has 13 career 100-yard games.
Carried Florida State past No. 10 Florida and its fifth-ranked defense, 27-2, in Gainesville by totaling 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries IN THE FOURTH QUARTER ALONE ... finished with 183 yards on the ground against the nation’s No. 7 rush defense that entered game allowing opponents only 108 rush yards per game.
Rolled to his seventh 100-yard game of the season versus Chattanooga with 106 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries in a little over two quarters of work to extend the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 21 games.
Rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries while propelling Florida State back from a 17-7 deficit in a 35-17 victory over NC State...He passed Warrick Dunn’s 20-year-old single-season FSU rushing record in the first quarter with Dunn in attendance...Scored a 13-yard touchdown and had a spectacular 30-yard score in which he broke five tackles...was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury, but returned to lead the Noles to victory.
Totaled 194 yards at No. 1 Clemson, including a 75-yard touchdown on his first carry in the first quarter...It’s the most yards versus an undefeated team after Nov. 1 since Tre’ Mason rushed for 195 against FSU in the 2013 national championship (David Hale, ESPN).
Rushed for 266 yards and scored three touchdowns (74, 24 and 37 yards) on 30 carries versus USF... His 266-yard effort is the second-best total in FSU history.
Totaled 222 yards and two touchdowns, while adding three receptions for 47 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown catch against Miami in a primetime nationally televised game... Opened the game with a 72-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and added the game-winning 23-yard run in the fourth quarter.
His third 200-yard all-purpose game came against Louisville when he rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54 yard romp to the end zone to open the second half...Added four receptions for 60 yards.
Opened the season with a 156-yard, two-touchdown performance versus Texas State.
Had a dazzling 94-yard touchdown run in the first quarter at Wake Forest before leaving the game with a hamstring injury a few plays later.
Rushed 15 times for 54 yards against the nation’s top rushing defense and total defense, leading FSU to the 14-0 victory at Boston College.
Had 132 all-purpose yards (82 rushing and 50 receiving) and a 2-yard touchdown at Georgia Tech.
Missed all but the first few plays of the first quarter at Wake Forest with a hamstring injury and returned the next week with his 200+ performance versus Miami...Sat out against Syracuse, but returned the next week to single-handedly rush for more yards at No. 1 Clemson (194) than any team had this season.
Entered the season as an All-America, Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award candidate after becoming the first freshman to rush for 1,000 yards (1,008) in Florida State history.
Should Dalvin Cook Win the Heisman Trophy? (Tampa Bay Time)
Cook Continues to Shine (ESPN)
Cook Sets FSU Rushing Record (Sports Illustrated)
Swinney: I'd Take Cook Over Fournette (NFL.com)
Hard-Working Dalvin Cook Ready To Prove He Is The Best Back In The Nation (Sports Illustrated)
Cook Deserves Heisman Trophy (ESPN)
Make Room Warrick: Cook Claims FSU Rushing Record (Seminoles.com)
Running Through The Record Books (Seminoles.com)
1-on-1 With Dalvin Cook (120 Sports Video)
Dalvin Cook Talks About FSU's Season (Campus Insiders Video)