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Sunshine State Award: Surprise! FSU’s Dalvin Cook wins it again

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Dalvin Cook must be getting used to the recognition.

Once again, the Sunshine State Award is his.

Cook, the FSU running back who shattered the school’s all-time record last week against Syracuse, has won this honor several times. His 225, four-touchdown performance against the Orangemen is only the latest.

Cook faces a difficult week this week against the Florida Gators in what may be his final home game for the Seminoles.

Other players considered for the honor include: FSU quarterback Deondre Francois, who threw for 315 yards, Florida defensive lineman David Reese, who had 12 tackles against LSU, Florida running back Jordan Scarlett, who ran for 108 yards, Florida receiver Tyrie Clevealnd, who had three catches for 108 yards, Miami running back Mark Walton, who ran for 120 yards against N.C. State, USF’s Quinton Flowers, who combined for 330 yards of total offense against SMU, USF running back Marlon Mack, who rushed for 129 yards, USF receiver Tyre McCants, who caught three passes for 105 yards, UCF defensive lineman Tony Guerad, who had 12 tackles against Tulsa, FAU receiver Kalib Woods, who caught seven passes for 120 yards in a loss to Old Dominion and FIU’s running back combination of Anthony Jones (121 yards rushing) and Alex Gardner (119 yards rushing).

The Sunshine State awards are presented each week 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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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