Glenn Cook Ready For Fall

Glenn Cook is a linebacker from Chaminade-Madonna entering his sophomore season in 2005. Currently Miami has nine linebackers on the roster and is expected to add three more this fall when freshmen report. Cook is ready to compete for playing time.

Spring practices concluded last Saturday with the spring game at Lockhart Stadium in front of 8,500 fans.

With practices completed, the team will continue to workout until they go into their summer workout program with strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey.

Glenn Cook is ready to start working out with the team so he can reach his goal in the fall.

"I will work hard over the summer and come back for the fall," Cook said. "I want to make a run at that starting job."

During the spring game, Leon Williams, Tavares Gooden, and Jon Beason were the three starting linebackers with Roger McIntosh sitting out the spring with an injured back. The competition will be fierce this fall for the three top positions especially since Miami started six different linebackers last year.

2004 Linebacker Stats
Roger McIntosh, 111 tackles, 13 for loss, 4.0 sacks
Tavares Gooden, 83 tackles, 10 for loss, 0.5 sacks
Leon Williams, 56 tackles, 8 for loss, 2.5 sacks
Jon Beason, 29 tackles, 4 for loss, 1.0 sacks
Glenn Cook, 17 tackles, 5 for loss, 0.0 sacks
Romeo Davis, 15 tackles, 3 for loss, 0.0 sacks

This summer is important for the Hurricanes if they want to play in the Rose Bowl for the national championship. Cook understands what the team needs to improve on over the summer to reach their desired destination.

"The key for us is not even a weight room or physical aspect," Cook said. "Coach Swasey will get us there with that."

"We just have to get strong mentally as a group," Cook said. "We some guys that are strong by themselves, but we need guys to be strong as a group. Things might happen during the season and we have to be able to just shake it off."

The mental aspect of sports is often overlooked when determining what it takes to be successful. Cook seems to have it figured it out and hopes the team can pull together this summer.

"We need to work on the mental aspect and work on getting to know each other," Cook said.

During spring practices a number of guys came out ahead of where they were before practices began especially with the younger players filling in for the number of injured players.

"A lot of guys got a lot of reps in this spring," Cook said. "Guys were able to work on the things they needed to improve upon. Overall, I think it went pretty good."

After the Peach Bowl the team knew they needed to improve on their communication for the 2005 season. Offense, defense, everyone. In the spring you could sense a little bit more communication on the field.

"We are communicating more than we did last year," Cook said. "Communication is a big part of defense. We learned more about what everyone else is doing so we got more educated on football. That has helped us on the field."

Unfortunately for Cook his spring practices ended abrubtly when he suffered a seizure during study hall causing him to miss the final two weeks of practices.

Prior to the incident he was doing well on the field and was earning praise from his fellow linebackers with his play.

"I think I was coming along well," Cook said. "I think I was going to have a good spring. I have some things I need to improve upon so it was disappointing that I didn't get to work on some things."

Cook currently stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 216 pounds. For the 2005 season he wants to get to 223 pounds.

He has always been known as a guy with a great understanding of the game, which makes up for his physical attributes. He is not the biggest linebacker on the team or the fastest, but the bottom line is that he gets the job done.

"Some guys that are not as strong or fast have to make up for it in other areas," Cook explained.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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