Cook making a good adjustment

Taylor Cook was the last of the four quarterbacks to arrive on campus this year but if you listen to him talk, he is not ready to count himself out of the quarterback competition just yet. The 6-foot-7 Texan is confident in his abilities and excited to get his college career going. Read on to see what Cook had to say about his time at Miami so far.

What do you hope to get out of your first fall camp?

"I'm looking to come in, do the best I can, compete and earn the starting job."

Are you looking to earn it this year or maybe down the road?

"I'm looking to compete this year."

You're also doing some punting. Is it weird to have to split your time between the two positions?

"No, I've always done it. Throughout high school, I did both. I like both positions and I feel I can excel at both of them."

Do you know what you average on your punts?

"I think my junior year was better than my senior year but it's like 42 or 43 yards."

What have you picked up in your time at Miami?

"It's hard work. I'm up for it though. I love the competition and I'm ready for it."

What is it like to have such speedy receivers to throw to?

"In high school, I could out throw my receivers. Here it's a lot different. It's a lot more fun."

You're from Texas and were recruited by the Texas schools. What was your recruitment like and what made you decide to come to Miami?

"(The Texas schools) came on hard early on but then they slacked off. Miami's coaches came on strong and were real nice about it. I loved the program. Yeah, it's been down but we're going to bring it back up. It's already down so there's only one way to go and that's up and I think I'll be able to help them do that."

You said you wanted to compete for the starting quarterback job this year. Do you feel like you are at a disadvantage having been the last quarterback to get on campus?

"Not necessarily. Yeah, I did come in a little bit later than those other guys. I didn't graduate early but I think that I've been studying really hard and am going to have a chance to compete."

Which receiver has impressed you the most?

"It wouldn't be just one, it'd be all of them. Everyone that came in, they all have hands, speed. They all have different attributes. Some are taller, some are shorter but they're all excellent receivers."

You got hurt in your final high school game. How is your recovery coming along?

"I'm 100 percent. I wore a brace for a little bit but I did lots of rehab. I got it back to 100 percent. It doesn't affect me at all."

The other quarterbacks have been here a little bit longer than you. Have they been helping you catch up and given you any advice?

"Oh yeah, we all work together, Me, Cannon, Marve, and Jacory. We all stick together. They have helped me early on. We've all been sticking together and helping each other."

Miami goes to Texas A&M for their third game of the season. How far is that from where you're from?

"That's actually like about an hour or two away. I'll have to get tickets for my family."

What do you think separates you from the other quarterbacks?

"In my mind, we're all about the same. We run when we have to. We have good arms. We're all smart. We can all get the job done."

You're a big guy at six-foot-seven. Do you feel like you've grown into your body?

"From my freshman year of high school to now, there's been a major difference. I used to be a lot slower than I am. I got a lot faster when I finally grew into my body. I've gotten used to my hands and my arms. Yes, I have grown into my body."

Has it been a big adjustment moving to Miami from Texas?

"Oh yeah, considering where I come from there are only 3500 people. It's a lot different but I like it. It's fun. It's a good atmosphere. Everybody here has welcomed me. The coaches have welcomed me. That's helped a lot."

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