Florida State running back Dalvin Cook captured one of the Seminoles’ most prestigious records in 2015, when he broke Warrick Dunn’s single-season program rushing record, besting Dunn’s 1995 total of 1,242 yards with 1,691 of his own.
With one record in his back pocket, Cook now has a chance to topple others, chief among them the career rushing record among ‘Noles. That’s another mark presently held by Dunn, with 3,959 all-time rushing yards at FSU. Cook entered the 2016 season with 2,699, and many considered it a foregone conclusion that it was just a matter of when, and not if, he would break Dunn’s record.
And while we’ll update Cook’s progress toward that end weekly, early returns have that top line in FSU RB history very much up for grabs, at least using the first two games of 2016 to project. In those games, Cook has rushed for an average of 87 yards per contest. If he ran for 87 yards in each game for the rest of the season, it would mean Cook would need 12.4 more games to eclipse Dunn. That would require him to play in the remaining 10 regular season games, the ACC Championship Game, a College Football Playoff semifinal, and the CFP Title Game (13 games).
During his pursuit of Dunn, Cook will also have to pass four other Florida State RBs, as he’s currently fifth in ‘Nole career rushing yards. The next on the list is Larry Key, who is just 76 yards ahead of Cook, currently. Another record Cook has a shot at is career 100-yard rushing games:he presently has 13 (fourth, all-time), while Dunn holds the record, with 22.
And one career rushing record that seems highly unlikely Cook will chase down is that of TDs on the ground. He’s holding down fifth right now, at 29. And he can catch, and surpass, Devonta Freeman and Amp Lee, who have 30, in his next game. But first place belongs to Greg Allen, who has an impressive 44.
Louisville, the Seminoles’ next opponent, is allowing 84.5 rushing YPG so far this season (23rd, nationally).