An Opponent's View: WR Alex Cook

With the 2017 class signed, we made calls to some coaches and players who faced off against each Husky signee and got their thoughts on what made them so tough to go up against. Today we take a look at Sheldon (Sacramento, Ca.) WR Alex Cook...

The Story - When he chose Washington back in April, Cook chose the Huskies over offers from most of the Pac 12 including Oregon, UCLA, California, Utah and Washington State as well as a handful of other programs in the West.

Senior Season Stats - During his senior season, Cook hauled in 26 receptions for 609 yards and eight touchdowns while also posting 369 rushing yards and three scores. The talented athlete was also credited with 92 total tackles and was named First Team Sacramento Bee All-Metro as a defensive back for his efforts.

Opposing Coach's View - "The biggest thing about (Cook) is his toughness. That kid just personified toughness and physicality. It mainly came on defense, but he played with that same style on offense. Now, that being said, he was really raw as a receiver. He literally got by with pure athleticism because he wasn't really a precise route-runner, but man, he was so strong, it was almost impossible for our guys to go against him head-up. When we played against them, we were mostly a zone-defense and that mitigated some of the stuff he could do to hurt us. I really think he's got a higher upside on defense because his ball-skills are outstanding and he loves contact. He's also got great range. Honestly, he's got no flaws I have seen as a safety."

Opposing players' view - "He's got really good releases off the line. You had to get your hands on him early, but even if you did, it was still like 50/50 whether you'd be able to slow him down because he uses his hands well in getting off the press. His footwork was sorta funky, so he wasn't a tough cover when it came to mirroring him. He's also a really good blocker. He's really tough to get away from when he's blocking you. I didn't play receiver, but when I asked my quarterback and receivers about him, they said he was tough to throw against because he didn't take any false steps. My quarterback said he couldn't move him with his eyes, he rarely took the bait, so he had to always be aware of where he was in the secodary."


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