DALLAS – Junior running back Dalvin Cook was named one of three finalists for the 2016 Doak Walker Award by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum on Monday night.
Cook is joined as a finalist for the national running back of the year award by Texas’ D’Onta Foreman and San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey.
The 2016 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. The award will presented at the 2016 Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet in Dallas on Feb. 18, 2017.
Cook has put together a resume’ that could make him Florida State’s first-ever Doak Walker Award winner. The Miami, Fla., native ranks second among Power 5 running backs with 1,467 rushing yards and 1,867 yards from scrimmage to go along with 18 touchdowns heading into this Saturday’s clash with No. 13 Florida at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.
In his last game, Cook rushed for 225 yards and a school-record-tying four touchdowns at Syracuse. He took his second carry of the game 41 yards to break Warrick Dunn’s 20-year-old Florida State career rushing record. Cook is now the FSU career rushing leader with 4,166 rushing yards and is tied with Greg Allen for the most rushing touchdowns in FSU history (44).
Cook has rushed for 100 yards seven times in 2016, including a pair of 200-yard games. He had 267 rushing yards and 329 total yards at USF and became the first FSU running back to rush for 100 yards and gain 100 yards receiving in a game versus North Carolina. His 14.8 yards per catch average leads all running backs in the nation.