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Top 60 Countdown: No. 47, QB Taylor Cook

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.

Taylor Cook > 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.


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Thanks Manny!

He is a redshirt freshman though isn't he?

Thanks for all the updates Manny! It's good to know Cook is improving but I still pray nothing happens to Harris. He is gonna be the man for the next three years.

what happened to number 19 and 18?

Ignorant racist rednecks are all you are Gaytor fans ...

Posted by: CanesShip2010 | July 07, 2009 at 01:09 PM

Hypocrisy ???

Manny what are we doing about the QB recruiting!!!
joe b. from jersey or bust and thats as good as we can hope for?

If Randy Shannon applies the same logic to the QB situation this year, Cook will see time...right?

Why not put Cook in right when Jacory starts getting hot....like as soon as it looks like we're gonna win, the most illogical moment....put Cook in.

If Randy Shannon applies the same logic to the QB situation this year, Cook will see time...right?

Posted by: Robert Marve | July 07, 2009 at 07:12 PM

If UF has their best year ever, they'll still lose at least one game...right???

Think about that for a minute. UF has been playing football fr over 100 years, and they have NEVER gone un-defeated! They are throwing almost $100,000,000.00 a year at the goal, they have the greatest NCAA QB of at least the last 5 years, and they cannot go undefeated?



Sarasota 'cane NICE POST BRO!!!

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Manny, you are not making me feel too warm and fuzzy that our Back Up QB is rated the 47th best player on the team. Next time, just enlighten me and put him in the top 25... I will sleep a little easier come fall!!! Now more than ever, I will be watching where our Starting Center, Left Guard and Left Tackle end up on this list.

Manny what are we doing about the QB recruiting!!!
joe b. from jersey or bust and thats as good as we can hope for?

Posted by: dmc | July 07, 2009 at 05:43 PM

Good point!!!

MArve- What game was that exactly? That one against NC which you had in your hands but we lost anyway? That game against Duke which if it werent for JH we would have lost? Or the one against Virginia? The UCF game? The gator game? LOL, MArve, you pro-Marve guys are still at it. Face it, Marve sucked, was over his head and is not smart enought tobe a top D-1 QB.

"He threw for 1,598 yards, 19 TDs and 9 INTs as a senior while running for 512 YARDS and 11 more TDs!"


There are twinkles that are being worked in by Coach Whipple and Cook will be featured in some packages. He won't play into being a threat to Harris (not easy to do), but the hardest part of football to adjust to is for a bench player is from the neck up.

Realisticaly, Cook has to get playing time, as the likelyhood for Harris at 188 lbs stretched out over 6ft4.5 to go an entire season without injury is highly unlikely. FSU defense, to start the season, is brutal and always thrashes undersized offensive players any chance they get. V-Tech Defense is solid and brings it on every year. G-tech and OK are no slouch defenders while OK is the weakest, yet no slouch at all. 3 of the 1st 4 teams starting the '09 season have better defenders than Cal.

Harris and Nix unraveled at the end of the California game. This UM offensive line is not solid enough yet to afford its QB the luxury to be an effort-free pocket passer; Harris will be flushed and that when the peril will flex.

In a nutshell, Cook will see the field! It will be amazing for UM with her QBs.

As for all those wondering is UM just recruiting one quaterback (Joseph Brennan from New Jersey) that is not the case. Manny's article brought up that he may be the first QB to commit to UM (it is down to UM and 2 other schools), but UM is targeting at least 7-10 other QB's, including Jeffrey Godfrey from Central. Hopefully we get at least 2 QB's signed in this class.

Taylor Cook - redshirt sophomore? more like redshirt freshman right?

Cook will be the next great Cane QB, just watch

Sorry to be late for this one... We all know Jac has the goods but it is the back-ups that keep a team going when times are tough... Hoping we never have to see Cook in there because of a injury but if we did... I know he can handle the load!!! Just give him a couple of snaps to set the grove and he'll be ready.

When people say we are loaded with talent... Look no further then Mr Cook... Maybe the best QB sitting on the bench in college.

I have to agree with U NY Miamialum, Cook has the best physical skills of any QB we have had since Testaverde. If he has what it takes between the ears and can continue to get great coaching he will be better than Harris and should see the field as much as possible when a game is in hand. I'm not sold on Jacory when it comes to playing really well coached, fast defenses. He beefed up his stats against teams like Duke and Virginia but struggled against the top flight teams like Florida, Florida State, and Virginia Tech so it woud be wise to get Cook as much time as possible. Bank on this though when the team has to use Cook because Harris is hurt another great one will be born.

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