In a few hours, the Heisman Trophy will be awarded for the 79th time to college football’s most outstanding individual player. This year’s finalists are Alabama RB Derrick Henry, Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey, and Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. Many probably feel as I do and that is that Alabama’s Henry wins by a pretty substantial margin.
Before I continue, I would like to get 2 things straight. 1) The purpose of this article is not to discredit any of the finalists and the outstanding seasons that they have had. 2) It is no secret that I am a diehard Florida State fan, I am Florida State alum, and I bleed Garnet and Gold to the absolute very end. With that being said, the purpose of this article is to dive into the Heisman snub of Florida State RB Dalvin Cook.
In my opinion(which is obviously biased), Dalvin Cook was, by far, the most explosive and electrifying player in the nation this season. Out of all the RBs in the Power 5 Conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, PAC-12 and SEC) proved throughout the season that he was among the best at toting the rock. I am a numbers man and truly believe that numbers don’t lie. Here are some stats that further support my theory that Cook not being a finalist is completely absurd:
- Cook leads the country in rushes of 20, 30, 50, 70, and 90 yards. He is second in rushes of 10, 40, and 60 yards. His total of runs of 50 yards or more have only been outdone by 4 other Power 5 backs this past decade.
- Cook’s 152 rushing yards per game was 2nd among Power 5 RBs this season.
- His 8.05 yard-per-carry average leads all Power 5 players who have at least 100 rushing attempts and his 14 rushing touchdowns is fourth among Power 5 backs.
- Cook and FSU have faced 4 opponents in the Top 15 in run defense, including 2 in the Top 3. In these 4 games, Cook has 84 carries for 594 yards and 5 touchdowns. That is a blistering 7.07 yards per carry. Also 3 of these 4 games were on the road.
- He set the single season FSU rushing record breaking Warwick Dunn’s 20 year old record.
Clink link for stats directly from the Seminoles themselves HERE.
On another note, Cook was also snubbed for the Doak Walker Award, which is awarded every year to the nation’s top running back. The finalists for this award are Henry, McCaffrey, and LSU RB Leonard Fournette. Cook definitely put up numbers comparable or better than all of the top backs in the nation. Ok I get it……FSU lost 2 games in 3 weeks that knocked them out of the national championship picture. However, there have been several past Heisman winners whose team had 2 losses. Ok I get it……Cook missed about a game and a half due to injury. However, he still managed to finish 6th in rushing yards. Ok I get it……There were the domestic violence allegations prior to the start of the season. However, these were just allegations and he still managed to have a spectacular season.
Dalvin Cook is definitely the front runner for the Heisman next season and should win it barring a serious injury. He is also destined to be playing on the next level for many years to come. Regardless of the post season awards snubs, I know one thing………he will be on my fantasy squad.
Author: Gus Gamer