As we move ahead in our countdown of the Top 60 players at UM we look at No. 47: Quarterback Taylor Cook. Robert Marve's transfer has changed Cook's future at UM. With one bad break to Jacory Harris, this football team will be hands of this redshirt sophomore.
> What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: At 6-7, 225-pounds, Cook received mixed reviews playing at Rice Consolidated High in East Lake, Texas. Rivals.com nabbed him the 37th best prospect in the country at QB. Scout.com rated him ninth. He threw for 1,598 yards, 19 TDs and 9 INTs as a senior while running for 512 yards and 11 more TDs. He was selected to the All-State Second Team as a punter with a 42.3 average.
> What he's done as a Cane: He redshirted and participated on the Scout team last season before entering the spring in a competition with Cannon Smith for the backup role behind Jacory Harris. He clearly won the battle, completing 11 of 14 attempts for 103 yards. Physically, Cook is as strong a QB UM has had. In testing, he set a UM record for power clean lift among QBs with 274 pounds. He also squated 385 pounds and ran a 4.65 in the 40.
> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Cook could obviously prove to be a very valuable part of this team should anything happen to Harris this coming season. Fans can at least breath a little easier considering Cook didn't look all that bad in the spring in Mark Whipple's offense. He completed several short passes and also hit Kendall Thompkins for a 34-yard strike down field during the scrimmage. His big arm, confidence and strength should all improve as he sees spot duty behind Harris in 2009.