TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Dalvin Cook, the most electric running back in the country, has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Wednesday. Cook, second among Power 5 running backs in rushing yards, is a semifinalist for the award for a second consecutive season.
On the season, Cook has 1,242 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns, while adding 400 receiving yards and one touchdown. Among Power 5 running backs, Cook’s 1,642 total yards from scrimmage are second in the country. Cook leads the next closest Atlantic Coast Conference running back, NC State’s Matt Dayes, by over 300 rushing yards, and his 164.2 all purpose yards per game are 15 more than No. 2 Quadree Henderson of Pitt in the ACC.
Against USF on Sept. 24, Cook rushed for a career-high 267 yards and had 62 receiving yards. His 329 yards from scrimmage were the most for any player in the nation since 2014. Against No. 3 Clemson on Oct. 29, Cook had 169 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns, tying the school record. Those two games are the highest rushing total games for an ACC running back this season.
Cook’s pass catching abilities have also shined this season. In the opener against No. 11 Ole Miss, Cook had 101 receiving yards, the first FSU running back since 2006 with a 100-yard receiving game. Against North Carolina last month, he had a career-high 106 receiving yards and 140 rushing yards, becoming just the second player in FSU history, and first running back, to have over 100 yards both rushing and receiving in the same game.
For his career, Cook has 3,941 yards and sits just 19 yards from becoming Florida State’s all-time leading rusher. With 59 yards against Syracuse on Saturday, Cook will become the sixth running back in ACC history with 4,000 rushing yards, but the first to do so in only three seasons.
Cook’s 40 career rushing touchdowns rank second in school history, just four away from tying the all-time mark, while his 42 total touchdowns are seven shy of Warrick Dunn’s school-record 49.
The Doak Walker Award, given to the country’s top running back, will name three finalists on Tuesday, November 22, and the recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 8, on ESPN.
2016 Doak Walker Award Semifinalists
Saquon Barkley, Penn State, Soph.
Dalvin Cook, Florida State, Jr.
D’Onta Foreman, Texas, Jr.
Leonard Fournette, LSU, Jr.
Brian Hill, Wyoming, Jr.
Aaron Jones, UTEP, Jr.
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, Jr.
Jeremy McNichols, Boise State, Jr.
Kamryn Pettway, Auburn, Soph.
Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State, Sr.