Jim McElwain: Dalvin Cook is 'most explosive player in college football'
GAINESVILLE -- Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain often praises opponents - no pregame bulletin-board material here - but he was gushing about Florida State star running back Dalvin Cook today.
"This Dalvin Cook guy is the most explosive player in all of college football," McElwain said Monday during his weekly news conference. "You can just look at his plays, both running and catching, he's a special, special player who is going to play a long time at the next level. Rightfully so.
"And they've got some guys around him as well. Just talking as a guy who enjoys watching good things on film, this guy is awful fun to watch. He plays the game the way it's supposed to be played. We have our work cut out for us."
Cook became FSU's all-time leading rusher after putting up 225 yards on Syracuse. The Miami native ranks second among Power Five players with 1,867 yards from scrimmage, and his 18 touchdowns are the most among Power Five running backs.
"Here's what I like, is 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," McElwain said. "You can't blink. You gotta keep your head up and you gotta wrap this guy up. The big thing is, we gotta get people around the ball because he's going to make some guys miss and that's what makes him so special."