Florida State running back Dalvin Cook had a Heisman worthy season in 2015 with 1,658 yards and 18 touchdowns on just 211 carries. Cook, however, wasn't invited to the ceremony and finished seventh in the voting behind three other running backs. Cook watched the ceremony, and felt that he could have finished higher.
"I did," Cook said. "I watched the whole thing. I wanted to see where I finished. I know everybody said I could have finished higher but it’s out of my hands. It’s out of everybody’s hands. It’s up to the people that vote and do stuff like that. I feel like I could have finished higher. In their eyes, I didn’t. It is what it is."
Even though he felt like he could have finished higher, he wasn't disappointed about it. Nor will it give him motivation for next year. He plays with enough motivation already.
"Not at all," Cook said. "I congratulate the guys and Derrick Henry for winning it. He had a great season. Tremendous back. It doesn’t motivate me at all. I love the game of football. Love playing for Florida State. Like competing. I just love the game. That’s it. I got the inner motivation."
Cook is only a sophomore, and will have his opportunity to compete for the Heisman Trophy in 2016 with another great performance.