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FSU’s Dalvin Cook runs to weekly Sunshine State award

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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was here all the time.

That was his back, and those were his heels.

Cook finally had the breakout game FSU fans have been waiting for against USF Saturday, rushing for 267 yards. He went for 75 on the first play of the day.

For his efforts, Cook has been named the Sunshine State Player of the Week, a weekly award given by the SaintPetersBlog.

Cook entered the game with critics wondering what was wrong with him. Had he gained too much weight? Was he favoring his surgically repaired shoulder? Was it his offensive line? He had only 228 yards in three games.

This week, he was back.

Others considered for the weekly award include:

— South Florida’s Quinton Flowers, who ran for 159 yards,

— Florida’s Antonio Callaway, who caught four passes for 134 yards,

— Florida Atlantic’s Jason Driskel, who threw for 324 yards,

— Florida Atlantic’s Kalib Woods, who caught four passes for 104 yards, and

— Florida’s Austin Appleby, who had 296 yards passing and three touchdowns.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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