No. 13 Florida focused on slowing down FSU's Dalvin Cook – Post-Bulletin
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida defensive end Jordan Sherit calls Florida State’s Dalvin Cook “the best back we’ll face.”
Better than Nick Chubb, Leonard Fournette, Derrius Guice, Rawleigh Williams and every other running back who has lined up against the 13th-ranked Gators this season.
So it’s no surprise that containing Cook is Florida’s top priority when it travels to Tallahassee to play the No. 15 Seminoles (8-3) on Saturday night. Few have done it, not even the Gators (8-2).
“What we have to do is not let him do what he likes to do, and that’s hit the edge and get going,” Sherit said. “He does have tremendous speed, so we’ve got to limit the perimeter and stuff like that and just wrap up and tackle.”
Sounds simple. Seems unlikely.
A junior from Miami, Cook has 1,467 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns this season. He has topped the 100-yard mark seven times in his last eight games and has torched the Gators the last two years.
He ran 24 times for 144 yards against Florida as a freshman in 2014. He carried 26 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns last year in Gainesville.
“The guy can run behind his pads the way he’s built and yet he can give you that side-to-side jump cut and get to top speed so quickly,” Gators coach Jim McElwain said. “You can’t blink. You got to keep your head up and you got to wrap this guy up. We got to get people around the ball because he’s going to make some guys miss and that’s what makes him so special.”
The Gators have had mixed results against the run this season. They shut down Georgia’s