Heisman Trophy Candidate 2016: Dalvin Cook

This year, like every other year in college football, there are a number of truly great players who can claim to be legitimate candidates for the prestigious Heisman Trophy. Standouts like running back Leonard Fournette of Louisiana State University and quarterback Trevone Boykin of Texas Christian University may currently be two players that stand the best chance of winning the important award.

Cook is a star player for the Seminoles

Cook is a star player for the Seminoles

But, they are not the only deserving candidates. There are several other top performers who merit serious consideration. One of these great players is Dalvin Cook, the starting running back for Florida State University. Born twenty years ago on August 10, 1995 in Miami, Florida, this dynamic 6’0” two hundred three pound star player gets noticed every time he steps on the gridiron.

That’s because his style of play turns heads and excites spectators. He has blazing speed and when he was a student-athlete at Miami Central High School, he ran in a 200 meter race in a blazing 22.10 seconds as a member of the track team. That speed served him well on the football field and helped him produce record-breaking career statistics of one thousand nine hundred forty rushing yards and twenty-four rushing touchdowns.

Rating services watched him perform regularly and when he graduated Rivals.com gave him the designation of “Five Star Recruit.”  Perhaps even more impressive was when he won the “Mr. Football Award” for the state of Florida, which meant he was the state’s best high school football player.

Dalvin Cook has certainly lived up to the hype since arriving at Florida State University last year. In 2014, his team played in the ACC Championship game against the “Rambling Wrecks” of Georgia Tech. The Seminoles won that game, thanks in large part to the on-field exploits of their starting running back, Dalvin Cook.

The freshman rushed for a game high one hundred seventy-seven yards which enabled the Seminoles to control the ball on offense and cruise to victory.

For his part, Cook, then a true freshman, was named Most Valuable Player of the game, an awesome honor for a first year player.

He was also named to the All-ACC Second Team. Clearly, this young player has a bright future. And the skills he brings to the football field have been noticed which is why he is, in just his sophomore season, a serious candidate for the Heisman Trophy.

Competition for this prestigious award is especially tough this year. The winner is often a player in his junior or senior season which may make it difficult for Cook to win this year. But if he remains in school for the next two years and continues to produce at a very high level there is every reason to believe that at some point in his glittering college football career Dalvin Cook will hear his name called as the winner of the Heisman Trophy.

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