Florida State is currently in a waiting pattern to find out whether star running back Dalvin Cook will be available this season. If he is not Florida State will have to do some shuffling to their depth chart. Mario Pender and true freshman Jacques Patrick would be the running backs to get the bulk of the carries, and Jonathan Vickers will also get some time at the running back position.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher talked about what the plan would be if Cook is not a part of the team going forward.
“We can [move players around],” Fisher said. “Freddie looks really good. he can run the football, is a big back, much like Wilder and them guys did. You can take a tight end and put him at fullback, which I’ve always done. There’s different ways you can move them. Freddie’s a big powerful guy, healthy now, can be a short yardage goalline type guy.
During the spring Ryan Green moved from running back to cornerback, but Fisher will not move him back to the offensive side of the football. He also hinted that one of the Florida State receivers could see some carries in that situation.
“Ryan Green has ability but we wouldn’t do that,” Fisher said. “You can put Kermit back there and give him carries, we did that as a freshman and caused some matchup issues. That’s the thing about our team, there’s a lot of guys that can play a lot of different positions.”
Florida State would love to have Cook back because he is easily the best running back on the team, but Florida State does have options in case that doesn’t happen.