Everyone expected the running back to be one of the best in the nation. Everyone expected to see nothing of Dalvin Cook but heels and elbows.
So far, the FSU running back has been ordinary.
It is one of the staggering sights of the young college football season. A year ago, Cook was sensational. This year, he has not been.
Through three games, Cook has only 288 yards rushing, and he’s scored only twice. Compare his average of 4.6 to the 7.4 of a year ago, and the difference is amazing. It has led to speculation that Cook could be hurt.
“Everybody says it, but Dalvin is fine,” said coach Jimbo Fisher. “There’s nothing wrong with Dalvin.”
So far, however, Cook has yet to show the burst he had a year ago, leading some to wonder if he has put on weight, is favoring his surgically repaired shoulder, or is cautious because of his offensive line. Last year, Cook had 1,691 yards rushing and received seven first-place votes for the Heisman. He scored 19 times.
Cook has a chance to get back on track Saturday against USF. Last year, he rushed for 266 yards against the Bulls. USF is only 82nd nationally against the run.