Setback doesn't concern Cookman

Injuries are not something any athlete likes to think about, but they are an inevitable part of any sport. Prior to breaking his clavicle during a game against fellow Bronco recruit Daniel Paul and Barlow High of Gresham, Oregon, Ricky Cookman (5'11, 180lbs 4.5) was breaking something else—Clackamas High School records.

In just shy of two games prior to the injury, Ricky Cookman's receiving tirade was redefining the position at Clackamas High.

Described by more than one source as having, "the best hands in the northwest, if he gets a finger on it, he'll come down with the pigskin." His 22 receptions and nearly 350 yards of receiving in under two full games had foes in the Three Rivers League taking notice.

The upside, aside from Cookman's optimistic outlook and generally positive disposition, is that the injury is not expected to sideline the senior for the entire year.

"My doctor expects 4-6 weeks (for the injury to heal)," said Cookman. "I'm aiming for four, of course."

Cookman is undergoing a new treatment that should help the bone heal as quickly as possible with minimal risk for re-fracture. In the meantime, Cookman will stay busy in his role as a team captain.

"As a captain of the team, it's part of my responsibility to make sure the team works together, win or lose," the senior said. "I have confidence in my team and they will continue to do well."

The two-time returning All League receiver will have some work to do to achieve his goal of being a three-time All Leaguer, but the minor stumbling block should not hurt his post-high school options too much.

Cookman has participated in the Boise State summer camp and is impressed with the school, the team and the community.

"I went there after my freshman season and earned an MVP," said Cookman, who returned to two additional BSU camps following that honor.

"I really like Boise State," he said. "I like the energy of Boise when it comes to football. It's important that I play somewhere where football has a strong following.

A classic BSU-style recruit, undersized by athletic and skilled, the Cavalier receiver wants to let the recruiting process unfold naturally, but admits a call from the Broncos would be vary tempting.

"If Boise State were to offer, it would be very hard not to accept right away," Cookman said. "The coaches and the community expect a lot out of their team and that can only make me better as a player."

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