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Who has been the best so far? A look at the statewide rankings

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The season is halfway over and yet, some players have gone farther than others.

FSU’s Dalvin Cook, for instance, seems to have gotten off to a slow slart. But he’s third in America in rushing, which isn’t bad.

USF’s Marlon Mack has already become the most impressive running back in school history.

Despite playing with two quarterbacks, Florida’s Antonio Callaway has averaged more than 90 yards per game in receiving.

And so they go. Rankings are not strictly by stats; level of competition is considered. A glimpse of the best of the state through mid-October:


1. Brad Kaaya, Miami

2. Quinton Flowers, USF

3. Deondre Harris, FSU

4. Luke Del Rio, Florida

5. Austin Appelby, Florida

6. Alex McGough, FIU

7. Jason Driskel, FAU

Running backs

1, Dalvin Cook, FSU

2. Marlon Mack, USF

3. Joe Yearby, Miami

4. Alex Gardner, FAU

5. Mark Walton, Miami

6. Jordan Scarlett, Florida

7. Anthony Jones, FIU

8. Dontavious Wilson, UCF

9. Sean Patrick, FSU

10. D’Earnest Johnson, USF


1. Antonio Callaway, Florida

2. Rodney Adams, USF

3. Kalib Woods, FAU

4, Jesus Wilson, FSU

5. Travis Rudolph, FSU

6. Stacy Coley, Miami

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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