Week 13 Offensive and Defensive MVP’s

Florida State improved to 9-3 with a decisive 31-13 victory over the Florida Gators. In the win, the Seminoles once again held the Gators without an offensive touchdown. The Gators have failed to get into the endzone on offense against FSU since the second quarter of their 24-19 loss to the Noles back in 2014. UF did finally score a special teams touchdown after the Gators returned a muffed punt that Nyqwan Murray dropped early in the fourth quarter, but the Seminole defense remained steadfast and shut down Florida’s comeback attempt. Let’s take a look at this week’s offensive and defensive MVP’s!

Offensive MVP: Dalvin Cook

In what was probably his last appearance at Doak Campbell Stadium, Dalvin Cook did not disappoint. He finished the game with 26 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown on the ground, Cook also caught three passes for 26 yards.

For the second consecutive week, Dalvin broke a school record. Cook’s touchdown run in the first quarter lifted his total rushing scores as a Seminole to 45, one more than 44 Greg Allen finished his career with 32 years ago. Last week against Syracuse, Cook broke the school record for most rushing yards in a career, surpassing Warrick Dunn. By stamping his name at the top of these two records, Dalvin Cook has become one of the most prolific players in school history.

Cook has gone 3-0 against the Florida Gators in his career after spurning them to sign with FSU. In total, he has recorded 73 rushes for 480 yards (6.5 YPC) with three rushing touchdowns against the team he was originally committed to. Cook has outplayed another great running back that the Gators play every year, Leonard Fournette. Fournette has recorded 70 rushes for 360 yards (5.1 YPC) and four rushing touchdowns. While Fournette has scored more, Cook has more total yards (albeit, Fournette did play injured against UF this season) and a higher yards per carry average, Cook also plays on a more balanced team offensively.

One of the greatest running backs in Florida State history probably only has one more game to play as a Seminole in his career, the bowl game, let’s make sure to cherish every snap.

Defensive MVP: DeMarcus Walker

After defeating the Gators on Saturday, DeMarcus Walker can now say that his class is a part of something that has never happened at FSU. For the first time in school history, a class went undefeated (8-0) against both Miami and Florida over their four years.

Walker recorded five tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries during the victory. His two sacks against the Gators rose his season total to 15. That is the third most in school history since Andre Wadsworth had 16 in 1997. As a team, the Seminoles lead the nation with 47 sacks.

He was also named to the First Team All-ACC team as a defensive end, Walker was a second team selection last season. His improvement is noticeable and it seems like Walker made the correct decision by returning to school, he should be a selection in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. DeMarcus’s sack total has increased from 10.5 to 15 with one more game to play, and his career total now lies at 27.5, which puts him in third place in Florida State history for career sacks. Walker will go down as one of the greatest pass rushers in Seminole history.

Walker is also a great example of a player who has developed. Through his first two seasons he recorded two sacks total, in his last two years, Walker has recorded 25.5 sacks. He really put in a lot of work to get stronger, and to perfect his pass rushing moves. It’s really just a testament to the outstanding work ethic he has brought to this program, it’s awesome to have him as a mentor to the younger players.

Previous MVP’s:

Week 12

Week 10

Week Seven

Week Six

Week Four

Week Two

Week One

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