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Florida State football, recruiting news: Could RB Dalvin Cook fall to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft?

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Derwin James knew why he kept getting the same answer. Still, he couldn’t stop himself from asking trainers and doctors to do more as last season wore on. “I had to get used to the word ‘no’ during the rehab process,” the Florida State safety said.

James had never spent any significant time away from football because of an injury, and he didn’t know how to handle it. To make matters worse, the Seminoles’ defense buckled in the immediate aftermath of the left knee injury James suffered in the second half of Florida State’s win against Charleston Southern on Sept. 10. Besides being a human Swiss Army Knife who could play free safety, strong safety, cornerback, outside linebacker and rush off the edge, James had emerged as the player everyone on the defense wanted to follow. His injury had serious schematic ramifications, but it also had dire intangible consequences. When the Seminoles allowed 63 points in a loss to Louisville, 35 in a win at South Florida and 37 in a loss to North Carolina in the weeks immediately following James’s injury, it became obvious how much Florida State missed the Haines City, Fla., native.


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