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How potential Bucs draft target Travis Etienne compares to ex-FSU star Dalvin Cook

How does one potential Bucs target stack up against the NFL star the Bucs passed on four years ago?
Dalvin Cook, left, of Florida State and Travis Etienne, right, of Clemson are arguably the top two running backs in ACC history.
Dalvin Cook, left, of Florida State and Travis Etienne, right, of Clemson are arguably the top two running backs in ACC history. [ Times files (2016); CHRIS URSO | Times (2017) ]
Published Apr. 13
Updated Apr. 13

As the Bucs weigh the possibility of drafting Clemson’s Travis Etienne, we couldn’t resist the inevitable college comparison: How does Etienne stack up against Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, now a two-time Pro Bowler with the Vikings?

Both were electric, fun-to-watch talents who could score on any play and are arguably the top two running backs in ACC history. We’ll let you decide what order, but remember that Cook played three seasons while Etienne played four.

Travis Etienne, Clemson (2017-20)

Clemson's Travis Etienne left Clemson as the ACC's all-time leading rusher.
Clemson's Travis Etienne left Clemson as the ACC's all-time leading rusher. [ RICHARD SHIRO | AP (2019) ]

Ht./Wt.: 5 feet 10, 215 pounds

Rushing yards: 4,952 (first in ACC history)

Rushing yards per game: 111 (third)

Yards from scrimmage: 6,107 (first)

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Total touchdowns: 78 (first)

Rushing touchdowns: 70 (first)

40-yard dash: 4.44 seconds

Vertical jump: 33.5 inches

Broad jump: 10 feet, 8 inches

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Notable: 2020 All-American helped the Tigers to four ACC titles and College Football Playoff appearances. plus the 2018 national championship. One of only a dozen players in Division I-A history with at least 4,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his career.

Dalvin Cook, FSU (2014-16)

Dalvin Cook, seen here scoring a touchdown against Miami, was a three-year star at FSU.
Dalvin Cook, seen here scoring a touchdown against Miami, was a three-year star at FSU. [ Times (2016) ]

Ht./Wt.: 5 feet 10, 210 pounds

Rushing yards: 4,464 (third)

Rushing yards per game: 117.5 (second)

Yards from scrimmage: 5,399 (second)

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Total touchdowns: 48 (11th)

Rushing touchdowns: 46 (sixth)

40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds

Vertical jump: 30.5 inches

Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches

Notable: 2016 All-American rushed for at least 1,000 yards every season and ran for more yards in three seasons than FSU legend Warrick Dunn did in four. Drafted No. 41 overall by Minnesota in 2017 and is the NFL’s second-leading rusher over the past two seasons (2,692 yards).

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Of note: Etienne’s measurables came from Clemson’s pro day, while Cook’s numbers came from the 2017 scouting combine.

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