Dalvin Cook (born August 10, 1995) is an American football running back for the Florida State Seminoles.

High school career

Cook attended Miami Central High School in West Little River, Florida, where he played football and ran track. As a senior he rushed for 1,940 yards and 24 touchdowns on 177 carries and was the winner of the Mr. Football Award for Florida.

In track & field, Cook was one of the state’s top sprinters. He recorded a personal-best time of 22.10 seconds in the 200-meter dash at the 2013 Sam Burley Invitational, where he placed 13th. At the 2013 FHSAA 3A Region 4, he ran the third leg on the Miami Central 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay squads, helping them win both events with times of 41.15 seconds and 3:17.58 minutes, respectively. In the preliminary rounds of the 2013 GMAC North Qualifier, he was clocked at 10.08 seconds (heavily wind-aided) in the 100-meter dash, but would later ran a 10.92 to earn a fifth-place finish in the finals.

Regarded as a five-star recruit by, Cook was ranked as the second best all-purpose back in his class. He originally committed to Clemson University and then the University of Florida to play college football but changed to Florida State University.

College career

Cook split carries with Karlos Williams and Mario Pender as a true freshman in 2014. In his first game against The Citadel, he rushed 67 yards with one touchdown. He rushed for 100 yards for the first time against Syracuse, gaining 122 yards over 23 carries with a touchdown. Cook was named the MVP of the 2014 ACC Championship Game against Georgia Tech after earning a career high 177 yards on 31 carries and one rushing touchdown.

On July 10, 2015, Florida State University suspended Cook indefinitely after the state attorney’s office in Tallahassee announced it will issue an arrest warrant for Cook, who is alleged to have punched a 21-year-old woman in the face several times during an argument outside a bar on June 23, 2015. On August 24, 2015, Cook was found not guilty and subsequently reinstated by Florida State University.

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