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FSU Spring Questions: Running Back

The running back position looks very strong on paper, but there are some questions that need to be answered.

Spring Depth Chart

Position Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team
RB Dalvin Cook Jacques Patrick Mario Pender
FB Freddie Stevenson Johnathan Vickers

1. Is Mario Pender Going to Be Healthy Enough To Participate?

Pender suffered a collapsed lung early in the 2015 season, and an infection caused him to undergo surgery. He missed the final 10 games of the season. Pender was absent from the open fourth quarter drills less than a week ago, but head coach Jimbo Fisher did not mention Pender as one of the players who is out for the spring. 

2. How Will Jacques Patrick Progress?

Patrick saw playing time last year as a freshman, and in the only game he started ran for 162 yards and 3 touchdowns. Patrick will be the big back compliment to Dalvin Cook next season, but he will need to improve in order to take carries away from Cook. He will need to learn to use his size to better advantage, and be more reliable in pass blocking this spring.

3. How many reps will Cook get?

Cook is the most important player on Florida State's roster, and the Seminoles can't afford to get him hurt. He missed most of summer practice last year, and was able to come into the season fresh. Will Florida State take the same approach this spring? They know what they have in Cook, and more reps for Patrick isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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