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FSU’s Dalvin Cook wins Sunshine State Award once more

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One more time, Dalvin Cook.

Cook wrapped up the regular season of his junior year – expected to be his last – in a big way Saturday night. Cook rushed for 153 yards against a tough Florida defense and scored his record-setting 45th touchdown. Once again, Cook is the Sunshine State Player of the Week.

In three games against the Gators, Cook had 480 yards.

Cook had solid competition for this week’s award, most notably from Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya. Kaaya threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns against Duke. USF running back Marlon Mack had 155 yards rushing, and quarterback Quinton Flowers had 304 yards of total offense. FAU freshman Devin Singletary rushed for 265 yards. FSU’s Demarcus Walker had two sacks against the Gators. Florida defensive back Marcell Harris had 11 tackles.

The Sunshine State Award is given weekly by the SaintPetersblog.

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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