#19 Kody Cook
Position: Wide Receiver
Previous College: Hutchinson Community College
Projection: Second Team
Status: On Scholarship
Kody James Cook (b. Nov. 8, 1992) is a former community college walk-on who benefited from a redshirt season in 2013 before making an impact as a junior. He will be called upon to be a bigger part of the offense in 2015.
Cook, who was voted a player representative for the 2015 season and originally came as a quarterback, played in all 13 games in 2014 and made 11 starts. He finished third on the team in receptions (20) and fourth in yards (251).
Cook carded a career-high 44 yards on three catches and his lone career touchdown against Stephen F. Austin.
He also had 42 yards on two catches at West Virginia, including a career-long 32-yard reception, and tied his career high in catches in each of the final two games of the season. I expect him to build on that success this year.
Cook played two seasons at Hutchinson Community College under head coach Rion Rhodes, who led the Blue Dragons to a 19-5 record during Cook's two seasons and wins in the Salt City Bowl each year.
In 2012, Cook caught 41 passes for 386 yards for the Blue Dragons as a wide receiver. For those efforts, Cook was named an honorable-mention honoree on the All-Jayhawk Conference and All-Region VI teams.
Then came the Salt City Bowl. Cook was named the Salt City Bowl MVP after moving from receiver to quarterback in the second quarter to replace the injured Luke Barnes, who went on to play at Troy. That award was well earned.
Cook tied or broke no fewer than six Salt City Bowl records with 276 yards of total offense, 272 passing yards, 20 completions, 30 pass attempts, a .667 pass completion percentage and five passing touchdowns. He had one INT.
Prior to his community college career, Cook prepped at Louisburg High School under head coach Gary Griffin.
He led the Wildcats to a combined 45-7 record during his four years, including a perfect 14-0 season and a state championship as a senior in 2010. He was named an all-league quarterback as a sophomore and senior, while he was an all-state performer at both quarterback and defensive back in 2010, and the state championship MVP.
Cook also lettered three years in baseball, earning first-team all-league honors, and four years in basketball.