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FSU Position Breakdown: Running Back And Full Back

Fall camp starts soon for Florida State. How does the running back position group shake out?

Depth Chart

Starter 2nd Team 3rd Team 4th Team
Running Back Dalvin Cook Jacques Patrick Ryan Green Amir Rasul
Full Back Freddie Stevenson Johnathan Vickers Gabe Nabers

There is no doubt about the starter here. Dalvin Cook is coming off the best single season by a running back in Florida State history. He ran for 1,691 yards on 229 carries and 19 touchdowns. Cook is looking to become just the second player in Florida State history to run for 1,000 yards in three consecutive years. He is a legitimate Heisman contender, and if he can avoid the nagging injuries he suffered in 2015, he could carry the Seminoles to an ACC and National Championship. 

Florida State will be looking to keep Cook fresher this year after he spent most of the season hampered by either a hamstring injury or an ankle injury. In order for that to happen Green or Patrick will need to step up and be a viable option in the backfield. Green is a redshirt junior that started his career at running back, but moved to cornerback after an injury plagued first two years. He moved back to running back in the spring, and played very well in the spring game. Green rushed for 194 yards on 39 carries during his first two years.

Patrick is supposed to be the big back compliment to Cook, but a tendency to run high his freshman year severely limited his carries. He did start the Syracuse game with Cook sidelined with an ankle injury, and rushed for 162 yards on 24 carries with 3 touchdowns. He finished the season with 314 rushing yards on 63 carries and 5 touchdowns. During the spring, head coach Jimbo Fisher praised Patrick at times for his pad level, but consistency is still an issue.

Freshman Amir Rasul could see time in different situations, especially as a receiver out of the backfield. He shouldn't be needed as a running back, but could potentially see time on special teams. 

At Fullback, Freddie Stevenson will return for his senior year. Stevenson is a very underrated member of the Florida State offense, and is an unexpected weapon out of the backfield. Over the last two seasons he has caught 16 passes for 136 yards and 1 touchdown. He is also an excellent blocker.

Vickers has been bouncing back and forth between the running back position and the fullback position for his first two years, and also excels as a special teams member. With Green moving to running back he should be at fullback full time this season. He is also a very good receiving back catching 5 passes for 39 yards and 1 touchdown last season.

Nabers is an H-Back that could play either tight end or fullback for Florida State. He is likely a redshirt candidate this season. 


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