Reports of Dalvin Cook being a bad apple have been greatly exaggerated.

According to Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher at least.

“Look at the situation,” Fisher said after on Tuesday following the conclusion of Florida State’s Pro Day.

“He did nothing wrong. He was there and was actually defusing the situation. That’s him. You’re never going to have those issues with him. He’s a great guy. Tremendous character guy, and I never had any issues with him.”

FSU RB Dalvin Cook – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR

Cook was alleged to have punched a woman in the face in 2015, but was acquitted in less than 30 minutes, and prior to that was citied for violation of animal care according to the Tallahassee Democrat, when he left three dogs chained by the neck outside and failing to provide shelter. Cook was fined $550 for in the incident that took place in 2014.

Fisher continued in his defense of Cook.

“If I got on him, if I challenged him, ‘yes sir. What do I need?’ Then he would go talk to other players. Guys that you got on or are having issues off the field. He would go sit down with them and talk to them. He’d do things like that. He was tremendous for us.”

A league source recently told that the Buccaneers aren’t overly concerned with Cook’s character and those issues haven’t caused Tampa Bay to take Cook off of their draft board. The Bucs are thought to be very interested in Cook, but have doubts he will make it past a number of teams who are drafting ahead of them.


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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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4 years ago

Cook would fit in beautifully in Cleveland. He kind of has the look of a Cleveland Brown.

Reply to  BucWild02
4 years ago

Hilarious! This was just on NFL network. Dalvin Cooks pro day was underwhelming and his pro comparison is…

Cleveland RB Duke Johnson


Buc 1976
4 years ago

Every College coach defend their players not a big surprise!!

4 years ago

It continues to amaze me with the assertions surrounding Cook. JMO it is the residual effect of the false narrative that followed Winston and Gold digging Cleat chaser. Apparently in the media today even if falsely accused, if not arrested, or even if found innocent in a court of law you are still guilty.

Cook’s character was never a serious question at FSU. Gator girl just lied about Cook.

4 years ago

Cook would look great in pewter and red, and I hope he is there at 19. He’s Warrick Dunn with more explosion.

4 years ago

I would call him the 3rd RB off the board, behind Fournette and McCaffrey. In recent previous drafts, the 3rd RB off the board was in rounds 3, 2, 2, 2, last pick in the 1st, 2, third last pick in the 1st, second last pick in the first. That would suggest that pick #19 should have a pretty good chance of grabbing the 3rd RB if so desirable….for what it’s worth. I do think that EzE has not helped the situation by having such an impactful year as a rookie RB…and I know there are many FSU fans on… Read more »

4 years ago

I wonder if Fisher, or any coach for that matter, has come out to say “This guy has low moral character… I definitely wouldn’t draft this guy in the first round.”? I’m on the McCaffery train, myself… But, there will be several enticing players that are going to slide down to #19. In Licht I Trust.

4 years ago

Nice situation for the Buccaneers. If Dalvin is there it would be hard not to take him. If he isn’t there are plenty of good options left. Not surprising his college HC would back him up but, as they did with Jameis, I’m sure the Buccaneers will do their homework on a deeper level than a recommendation of Fisher or any college HC supporting his players.
Very interesting draft coming up, the “mocks” (pointless waste of time guesswork from “experts” in no way associated with the team) can drive you crazy! Can’t wait for the real thing.

David DeLeon
4 years ago

I like Cook a lot, not really concerned about character. He has real good games when it counts. He does remind me of Dunn, one of my favorite Bucs. FSU+Bucs has had some pretty good results!!
If he’s gone I wouldn’t mind McCaffrey but would prefer him. But I doubt Licht cares what I think 😁