Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher emphatically dismissed chatter surrounding star running back Dalvin Cook being injured during the start of his junior season.
"Everybody says it, but Dalvin is fine," Fisher said Monday. "There's nothing wrong with Dalvin."
Cook finished with 62 yards of total offense, including 54 rushing on 16 carries in FSU's 63-20 loss at Louisville on Saturday.
Cook leads the Seminoles with 288 yards rushing through three games but has crossed the end zone only twice, both against Charleston Southern in Week 2.
Cook had a chance to score a receiving touchdown against Ole Miss in the opener but dropped the ball inside the 5-yard line. He finished with 192 total yards, including 101 receiving, against the Rebels, looking primed to lead the Seminoles in what could be his final season on campus.
However, Cook's tempered play in the past two games, and a clip from Showtime's A Season With Florida State Football series showing him getting a left ankle massage with his right shoulder heavily wrapped, drew concern from fans on social media.
Cook played with a strained left hamstring and left ankle for the Seminoles in 2015. He also had shoulder surgery during the offseason.
Outside of normal "bumps and bruises" this season, Fisher insists Cook is "probably as healthy as he was a year ago when you get right down to it."
BANGED-UP VOLS: Injuries aren't just affecting the Gators in the latest renewal of the Florida-Tennessee rivalry.
No. 14 Tennessee definitely will be without starting cornerback Cam Sutton, linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. and backup linebacker Quart'e Sapp, and the Volunteers also could be missing a few other players as they try to end an 11-game skid in the annual series.
Sutton has a fractured right ankle that will sideline him for "an extended period of time," coach Butch Jones said. Kirkland will miss a second straight game with a high ankle sprain. Sapp injured his anterior cruciate ligament and will sit out the rest of the season.
There was some good news for the Vols.
Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin is expected to return after missing most of a 28-19 victory over Ohio last week with a strained muscle in his shoulder. Offensive tackle Chance Hall, who had arthroscopic knee surgery last month and hasn't played all season, is practicing again and might be available.
Cornerback Justin Martin and receiver Josh Smith should play after missing the Ohio game with ankle injuries.
CLEMSON VANDALS: Prosecutors say two men have been fined $200 each after pleading guilty to lying to police about the person who chipped a large piece off of prized Howard's Rock at Clemson's football stadium. Solicitor Walt Wilkins said in a news release that Alden Gainey, 20, and Michael Rogers, 49, pleaded guilty to giving false information to police.
WAKE FOREST: Quarterback Kendall Hinton will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. After games at Indiana and North Carolina State, the Demon Deacons host Syracuse on Oct. 8 and visit Florida State the following week. John Wolford will likely regain his starting job.