It only took Dalvin Cook three carries against NC State to break Warrick Dunn's single season rushing record of 1,242 yards, but the rest of the game was tough sledding for the talented running back. Cook limped to the sideline after multiple plays during the game, but was always back in a few plays later. He finished with 138 yards on 22 carries and 2 touchdowns. Both of his touchdown runs were longer than 10 yards.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher believes that Cook has a lot of the Michael Jordan factor.
"Certain guys have it," Fisher said. "Certain guys have a drive to play and they have a will to play. How did Michael Jordan go score 35 and he's got the flu and a 103-degree [fever] and he can't walk off the court and plays on the court and they drag him to the sideline? I'm not saying he's Michael. I don't mean that. But certain guys have an "it"factor. Certain guys it's just important to them. It's important to them to find a way. And it's important to him. I mean, he is just a tremendous, tremendous competitor and person."
Cook has played through injuries for most of the season. He suffered a hamstring injury against Wake Forest, and an ankle injury against Georgia Tech. He's continued to play through the pain, and says he's always been like that.
"I just feel like I always been like that," Cook said. "But in my head if it ain’t something that I can’t get up and walk off, I’d rather go back out there. I love football. I love the game. Love everything about it. I just feel like if it ain’t something that’s going to hold me back, that I can’t go out there and fight with my brothers, I’m going to go out there and play."
Despite having such a great year Cook isn't being talked about for many of the national awards. He's not a top contender for the Heisman trophy. Cook doesn't just believe that he should be a contender for the award. He believes he should win it.
"I just feel like I run the ball how I run the ball," Cook said. "If I keep doing me, because I’m Dalvin. I am one of them great running backs that are in college football."
Coach Fisher echoed those statements by saying he wouldn't trade Cook for any other running back in the country.
"...I don't know who the best back in the country is, but I wouldn't trade [Cook] for nobody in America," Fisher said.
Cook currently has 1,369 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the season with three games to go.