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FSU’s Dalvin Cook still should emulate ex-Nole Warrick Dunn

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A little advice for Dalvin Cook.

When it comes to Warrick Dunn, perhaps he should keep chasing.

Cook surpassed Dunn’s school record at Florida State for rushing Saturday – shattered the record, he did – in a victory over Syracuse. It was even more impressive that it took him less than three seasons to break the marks that Dunn set in four. Cook now has 4,166 yards to Dunn’s 3,959 yards. (Cook has carried the ball 38 more times than Dunn did.

“Anyone who has seen me play knows I am competitive,” Dunn told the Tallahassee Democrat. “Honestly, I just think it’s the different eras. Of course, I am going to say I am the greatest, I am not going to deny that. But I like his style. I like the way he runs, how determined he is. He’s is so powerful. He’s a lot bigger than I am.

“He’s an exceptional talent and deserving of all the praise. To me, Dalvin’s the best running back in college football and he’s going to be a great pro.”

But there are other parts of Dunn that you wish that Cook would reach for.

For instance, Cook is a semifinalist this year for the Walter Camp Award, which symbolizes the best player in the country. Dunn, however, just won the Walter Camp “Man of the Year” award, an award, an award previously won by Roger Staubach (Navy), Gale Sayers (Kansas), Dick Butkus (Illinois), John Elway (Stanford) and Jerome Bettis (Notre Dame).

Then, there is Dunn’s charity work. Dunn just purchased his 150th home for single-parent families.

Of course, there is also his pro career. Playing for Tampa Bay and Atlanta, Dunn rushed for 10,967 yards in the NFL.

Of course, Cook hasn’t had that kind of time yet. But as far as career aspirations, Cook could do a lot worse as far as a role model.

“It has been 20 years, it’s time,” Dunn said. “It was a good run. It is surprising, shocking because there have been so many great runners at Florida State. Dalvin came at a good time in his career and he has been able to shatter all that.”

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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