FOOTBALL: Jason Cook update

Fullback Jason Cook (foot) expects to be back at practice today or tomorrow.

I’ll have another practice roll call later.

Cook has been held out merely to be cautious, he says. A senior from Suwanee, Ga., he’s excited about what he sees in the Ole Miss run game right now.

“There’s been a lot of retention from the spring, a lot of carry-over with knowing assignments, plays and where to go,” he said. “Our running game is incredible. It’s come a long way.”

Cook is equally excited about the passing game … especially the increased receiving role he finds himself playing.

“I’m being thrown the ball more than ever. It’s pretty cool to be able to use talents that have been untapped for so long,” he said.

Cook had seven receptions for 85 yards last year. He had four receptions in 2005 – when his season was cut short by a broken arm – and three receptions in 2006 when he appeared in 11 games and started six.

Peyton Hillis, who played fullback for Nutt at Arkansas and is now in the Denver Broncos camp, had 49 receptions last year, five for touchdowns.

Cook, a devout Christian, was a standout defensive player and played some tailback as well as fullback in high school.

He’s had no trouble adjusting to a role where he’s primarily a blocker, but every running back enjoys his touches.

“The last couple of years I have not been used that way. That’s OK. I’m never a glory hog, and I’m not going to fight for balls, but it’s nice to get some to come your way every once in a while,” he said.

— PA

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3 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Jason Cook update”

  1. VA Reb Says:

    More positive comments from the offense. Sounds like they have really bought in to the new way of doing things at Ole Miss. Bring on Memphis! Larry

  2. Tim Tutor Says:

    PA, I am a pastor here in Tupelo, I was around Jason Cook in the Spring at a Disciple Now weekend, the kids just flock to him… He seems to be the real deal as a perosn, I would love to see him have a great year.. It is good to see good things about a young man in the SEC not just the athletic ability but just being a good role model–He is a great ambassador for OLE MISS.

  3. djrebel Says:

    Tim, he is a class guy, very secure in his faith and in what he’s doing on the team, in class and in the community. It’s fun writing about people like Jason.

    — PA

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