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Glenn Cook entered the spring as the team's first-team middle linebacker. Entering week number three Cook still has a grasp on the top spot with Darryl Sharpton and James Bryant trying to replacing Cook.

In yesterday's practice head coach Larry Coker praised the linebackers for making plays in Saturday's scrimmage.

Glenn Cook assessed the performances the linebacker unit.

"I think we played real aggressive," Cook said. "We went out there and had fun while doing what we were supposed to do. We played with the technique we are supposed to have. Everybody on our crew has strengths and we just went out there and played to our strenghts."

After a strong performance by the defense in Saturday's scrimmage they had a little bump in the road in yesterday's practice.

"We worked on some different defensive schemes," said Cook. "It is an adjustment for the younger guys to get used to, but overall I think it went all right."

Cook entered the spring as the team's middle linebacker on the first unit. He had not played the middle since his freshman year in 2003.

"I have been doing fine out here," Cook said. "I have just been getting used to being back in the middle. We have a great d-line which helps a lot."

Cook enters his junior season with competition at middle linebacker from another junior to be, James Bryant and a redshirt freshman Darryl Sharpton.

"Darryl is real aggressive and James is very talented, fast, and strong. No matter who you put there we will make plays. And that is what is going to make our defense great," said Cook.

Last year Cook finished the season with 28 tackles, which ranked fifth amongst Hurricane linebackers.

"Last year was a big learning experience for me," Cook said. "That was the most playing I have got since I've been here and I really took that to catapult me into this upcoming season. Game experience is the best experience you can get. I felt I did all right, but you always feel like you can do better."

Cook is known as a very smart player who tackles well, but has been labeled as being a bit undersized.

The former Chaminade-Madonna Prep star currently stands 6-feet tall and weighs 215 pounds. His target weight is 230 pounds by the time the '06 season begins.

"I just want to step up and do the best that I can this season," Glenn said. "We just want to win, that's all. We want to win the national championship."

Practice resumes today at 3:20 p.m., but remains closed to the public.

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


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