Cook Likely Lost for Season

Senior wide receiver Tommy Cook probably will miss the 2004 football season because of a knee injury he suffered in the Blue-White game Saturday.

Coach Rich Brooks said yesterday that medical tests confirmed the staff's worst fears.

Cook tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which will require reconstructive surgery. The normal recovery time for a torn ACL would extend well into the season.

"I'm extremely disappointed for Tommy, and also for our team," Brooks said.

As a junior, the Victoria, Texas native caught 21 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown. He was projected to start opposite Keenan Burton at the starting wide receiver spots.

"It is difficult to lose the experienced leadership that Tommy brings to our team. I have encouraged Tommy, and he has agreed, to be with the team next season and help develop our young receivers."

The coaches will have to depend on junior college addition Scott Mitchell, Glenn Holt, Gerad Parker, and Jacob Tamme to fill the void left by Cook.

The athletic department could seek a medical hardship case on behalf of Tommy Cook, if the senior wide-out wishes to join the team for a sixth season.

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