Senior LB: "We don't have a personality yet"

Glenn Cook, a fifth-year senior linebacker, feels the defense is still trying to establish a personality.

Glenn Cook quietly put together a solid 2006 season finishing fifth on the team in tackles with 64.

He returns for his fifth and final season after starting 11 games last season.

Cook, who came to Coral Gables in 2003, has been around a number of great defenses and great defensive players. For the '07 defense to be great they must develop a personality.

"I don't think we have a personality yet," Cook said. "We are still getting a feel for each other and we got some young guys playing right now, but I think we will be all right as a group."

A number of key defensive players who had played a lot in their careers departed following the 2006 season including: Brandon Meriweather, Baraka Atkins, Bryan Pata, Kareem Brown, and Jon Beason

"I think every year is different," said Cook on the identity of the defense. "I think we have established that we can do it and dominate, but we have to be consistent about it. That is the main key to everything, being consistent."

Cook has had Randy Shannon as a defensive coordinator, a linebackers coach, and now as the head coach. There has been slight differences with Shannon now that he is the man in charge.

"The biggest thing is that everyone has picked up their tempo and intensity, which he has brought to us," Cook said. "He is still coaching with the same attitude although he is probably a little bit calmer now. He just has a lot of up-beat practices and doesn't really let you relax."

In addition to adjusting to a new head coach, Cook is adjusting to his third linebackers coach in his career.

Shannon hired former Hurricane star and 13-year NFL veteran Michael Barrow to coach the linebackers.

"He stresses giving a lot of effort, being physical, and knowing what you are doing," Cook said. "We have a lot of young guys so he wants them studying the playbook and coming out to practice being physical."

Cook remembers watching Barrow as a player at UM and in the NFL. Prior to coaching at UM, Barrow worked out with the team at times and would be around the program offering advice.

"I think he is very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience especially with certain techniques," Cook said. "Whatever he is seeing, he is letting us know. He is a good fit."

The Hurricanes return to practice today at 3 p.m.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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