Florida State Midseason Awards

Florida State is halfway through the season now. Who are the MVPs so far?

MVP: Dalvin Cook

Could this go to anyone else besides running back Dalvin Cook? Cook has rushed for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns through the first six games, and is averaging a ridiculous 8.68 yards per carry. Cook has been even better against ACC opponents averaging 8.74 yards per rush. He has rushed for 10-plus yards 25 times and rushed for 20-plus 13 times this season. He's averaging 4.5 yards after contact, which is the best in the country by almost a full yard. Cook is not only Florida State's MVP, but a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate as well, even on one good hamstring.

Offensive MVP: Everett Golson

Golson wasn't extremely impressive over the first three games of the season, but has picked it up since the Wake Forest game. He was able to pick apart the Miami secondary and, more impressively, the Louisville secondary as well. He has clearly made progress as the season goes on and the most important stat for Golson is the zero turnovers. After having 22 last season he has made it a priority not to turn the football over and so far the Florida State offense has been able to do so.

Defensive MVP: Demarcus Walker

An argument could be made for a few other players, but Demarcus Walker has been very good this season. He has been very good in run defense, while also being the Seminoles best pass rusher. Walker has 16 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks through the first six games. His tackles for loss and sacks lead the team, and he is second amond defensive linemen in tackles. 

Most Improved Offense: Kermit Whitfield

Whitfield was not only in danger of being passed by the younger players in the spring, but he was in danger of not being on the team at all. Whitfield put in the work during the summer and has completely turned his career around and leads the receivers in catches and yards, and is second in touchdowns.

Most Improved Defense: Giorgio Newberry

Newberry had done very little during his first four years at Florida State, and there was no reason to expect his fifth to be any different. Along came defensive ends coach Brad Lawing, and Newberry has become a brand new player. He has been Florida State's second best defensive lineman through the first six games. He has 13 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. He has also batted down four passes. 

Best Moment: Javien Elliot Interception

Former walk-on comes in during a big time game and makes a huge play that changes the game. How could that not win?

Worst Moment: Dalvin Cook's Hamstring Pull

The fate of this season likely rests on whether or not Dalvin Cook can stay healthy. His hamstring pull against Wake probably gave a few Florida State fans a heart attack, but Cook has been able to overcome the injury so far.

Top Freshman: Josh Sweat

This came down to Derwin James vs. Josh Sweat and Sweat won out barely because he has made a significant impact in almost every game this season. Derwin didn't over the course of the first three games. Sweat has been exceptional against the run so far this season, and, despite not having a sack yet, has been causing havoc for the quarterbacks he has gone up against.

Best Game: Miami

Florida State was probably two or three plays away from blowing this game wide open, but credit Miami with bouncing back and holding a lead in the fourth quarter. Florida State's two offensive MVPs stepped up late on the final drive and for the second straight year Miami native Dalvin Cook scored the go ahead touchdown agaisnt the Canes.

Worst Game: Boston College

The Boston College and Florida State defenses dominated for most of the night. This game was settled by field position and a late fumble recovery for a touchdown. Florida State won 14-0 in case you fell asleep while watching it.

Best Play: Dalvin Cook 72-yard TD vs. Miami

This was easily the best play of the season. Florida State executed the play perfectly with quarterback Everett Golson waiting till the last possible second to pitch the ball. The pitch was perfect and Dalvin Cook only needed one wide receiver block to spring free on his first carry of the game.

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