LB Made 1st Career Start

Redshirt freshman Glenn Cook made his first career start against Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Hurricanes defeated Georgia Tech 27-3, which made the game even sweeter for Cook. The strongside linebacker from Chaminade-Madonna Prep School is a smart linebacker who works hard to improve his game.

Glenn Cook started at strongside linebacker in place of Leon Williams who was still recovering from a hand injury.

"I just wanted to take advantage of it," Cook said. "I wanted to be another piece of the defense. One person does not make up a defense—11 people make up a defense. I just wanted to fit in by running around making plays and having fun."

He did have fun out there. In the game he recovered a fumble and recorded one tackle. He was consistently around the ball and although he did make some mistakes, he is taking them in stride. Personally he did not have any personal expectations of himself heading into the game.

"I didn't have real big self expectations," Cook said. "I just wanted to get the job done. I wanted to replace Leon like he wasn't even missed. I just wanted to keep it rolling."

Also starting at linebacker was junior Roger McIntosh and sophomore Tavares Gooden. Both players helped Cook make an easy transition to the starting role.

"We are all family out there," Cook said. "When your brother gets hurt, you have to pick up the younger brother. That is just how it is. They didn't put pressure on me. They just told me to go out there and have fun."

Playing in a road game against an ACC opponent magnified the game for Cook. It is a different atmosphere when you play on the road especially against a conference opponent.

"It was fun being in a big-time game for a big-time university," Cook said. "To have the opportunity to play was great. Just being around the football was great. Even if I didn't make tackles it was still great hitting out there. It was fun."

His comfort level has changed from a year ago, in which he began his UM career at middle linebacker. In the spring he was switched to the strongside and enjoys the position. He admits he probably wouldn't have been ready for the game a year ago.

"Compared to last year I probably would have freaked out," Cook said. "I was still a little nervous for the game, but I felt comfortable. The coaches prepared us well to do our jobs. I still made mistakes, but it happens."

Cook made his Hurricane debut against Louisiana Tech this season and recorded five tackles in the game. The next week against Houston he would only be in on one play before starting against Georgia Tech.

"Louisiana Tech was fun," Cook said. "It was real, real fun. We got a lot of playing time against them because we were blowing them out."

The last two weeks Cook's high school teammate and close friend, Jon Beason had started in William's place. The coaches decided to make a change in the starting lineup against Georgia Tech putting Cook in instead of Beason. There are no hard feelings between the two.

"There are no hard feelings with us," Cook said. "He really encouraged me a lot. He showed me some things on film that he found. He actually helped me more by not playing, than by playing. We don't have any hard feelings towards each other. Of course you want to play, but everyone has to be ready to play. You always have to be ready. There are no hard feelings with us."

The team will most likely return to their original starting linebackers next game against Louisville: SLB McIntosh, MLB Williams, and WLB Gooden.

"You always have to be ready in case someone goes down," said Cook.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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