Monday’s roundup: Florida State coach says Cook is OK

Associated Press

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 offense, including 54 yards rushing on 16 carries in Florida State’s 63-20 loss at Louisville last weekend.

Cook leads Florida State with 288 yards rushing in three games, but has scored twice — both against Charleston Southern in Week 2.

He had a chance to score a receiving touchdown against Mississippi, but simply dropped the football inside the 5, missing on what could have been his first touchdown this season.

Cook finished with 192 total yards, including 101 yards receiving, against Mississippi, and looked primed to lead Florida State in what could be his final season on campus.

His tempered play the last two games, however, 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.

Cook played with a strained left hamstring and left ankle 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.”

Florida faces change

No. 19 Florida will be without quarterback Luke Del Rio as it begins a stretch of seven consecutive Southeastern Conference games.

Coach Jim McElwain officially ruled Del Rio out because of a knee injury, saying he won’t play at No. 14 Tennessee (3-0) on Saturday and could miss more time. McElwain declined to provide specifics about the injury.

“Yeah, he’s got a bum leg and he should be back sometime,” McElwain said.

Del Rio hurt his left knee on a low hit by North Texas defensive end Josh Wheeler, who was flagged for a personal foul.

The injury forces Florida (3-0, 1-0) to turn to fifth-year senior Austin Appleby, who started 11 games the last two years at Purdue.

Extra points

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 20-year-old Alden Gainey and 49-year-old Michael Rogers pleaded guilty to giving false information to police. Records show they can choose to pay the $200 fine or spend 30 days in jail.

... A judge has issued a temporary protective order against former Auburn tight end Landon Rice.

The 19-year-old woman who obtained the order filed an incident report with Auburn police on July 27 accusing Rice of first-degree rape.