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FSU’s Dalvin Cook hopes his Pro Day will help him be drafted higher

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Former FSU running back Dalvin Cook, for once, has been going in the wrong direction. He’d like to reverse his field, if you don’t mind. If you believe the consensus, Cook has been dropping in draft expectations since having a poor Combine last month. He hopes that his Pro Day will help establish himself as “today’s” back. Cook, who is widely considered a first-round prospect, ran the 40-yard dash and performed numerous position drills and simulations during Florida State’s pro day…

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FSU running back Jacques Patrick a bridge between star runners

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He stands between the Best One and the Next One. For FSU running back Jacques Patrick, it’s a special place to be. A year ago, he supported record-setting Dalvin Cook for the Seminoles. Now, he is grooming Cook’s eventual replacement in Cam Akers. For now, however, the job belongs to Patrick. “It gets you excited and gives you a rush, knowing a guy like that is going to be a first-round pick in the [NFL] draft, and he’s blocking for…

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State of Florida has a lot of college players worth drafting

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It’s early in the draft yet, but there seems to be plenty of talent in the state of Florida for the NFL teams to pick through. According to Walterfootball.com, there are some two dozen players who are worth grading by the pros going into the NFL Combine. Those start with FSU’s Dalvin Cook, rated by the website as the No. 2 running back in the draft and worthy of a top 25 selection. Other offensive players worth considering should be…

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How fast can FSU’s fabulous freshmen contribute to running game?

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The question isn’t how good they are going to be someday. Heck, “someday” seems assured. For FSU, the question is how good are their talented freshman running backs going to be this year. Not that there is any hurry, right? Well, there kind of is. The Seminoles, and coach Jimbo Fisher,  open their season next year against Alabama (Sept. 2 in Atlanta), and the No. 1 priority is to replace dazzling running back Dalvin Cook. Oh, the Seminoles have some…

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FSU has big shoes to fill with the departure of Dalvin Cook

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FSU has a lot of players coming back to its football team. One who won’t is a big one. Dalvin Cook finished the season as the nation’s No. 1 running back, according to Pro Football Focus. It remains to be seen if Cook is the top back taken — some mocks seem to prefer LSU’s Leonard Fournette — but Cook’s season put him above everyone else in college. Cook finished the year with 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns on 288…

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FSU comes from behind to beat Michigan in Orange Bowl

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FSU had blown it. They had the game won, and they had let it slip away. It was going to be a lousy finish for the Seminoles. And then it wasn’t. The Seminoles charged from behind with a memorable comeback to beat Michigan, 33-32, in Friday night’s Orange Bowl. FSU fell from ahead, then came from behind to win. Quarterback Deondre Francois, who had one of his roughest nights, hit Nyquan Murray for 12 yards and the winning touchdown with…

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FSU can remove much of the disappointment with Orange victory

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It says a great many things about the FSU program that this will be remembered as a season of underachievement. After all, the Seminoles are ranked 10th in the country. They have a shot at 10 wins. Dalvin Cook was eighth in the country in rushing. Demarcus Walker was tied for second in sacks. Tarvarus McFadden was tied for first in interceptions. Still, for a team that has won a national title and been in the playoffs in recent seasons,…

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