Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cook's Catches Creating Clamor ; K-State Receiver Now an Internet Video Sensation

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cook's Catches Creating Clamor ; K-State Receiver Now an Internet Video Sensation

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With a pair of game-changing touchdown receptions against Louisiana Tech last weekend, Kansas State wide receiver Kody Cook's catches exploded across the Internet, especially his one-handed touchdown reception in the third quarter.

What most people don't know about the senior standout is that his skills go past his hands. His most notable skills are his versatility and knowledge of the game.

At Louisburg High School, Cook was a standout at both quarterback and defensive back, leading his team to an undefeated Class 4A state championship in 2010. Cook also was a first-team All-Frontier League baseball player.

During the switch from high school to junior college football, Cook made a choice that affected his career, switching from quarterback to receiver. However, during his sophomore year, Cook stood in at quarterback after an early injury to the starter, leading his team to a Salt Bowl victory.

"We recruited him as a quarterback, and he actually only played a little bit of quarterback for us, and he played a little bit of receiver his freshman year," Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades said. "Then his sophomore year he was one of our top receivers.

"In our bowl game (his sophomore year), our starting quarterback broke his finger on the first series, so Kody came in and played quarterback. He threw for five touchdowns and ran for a sixth, and that was all of the 42 points that we scored that day."

Cook also played significant time on special teams for the Blue Dragons.

"He was also a great punter for us. His freshman year he averaged 41.5 yards per punt," Rhoades said. "Then during his sophomore year, we had another kid who could punt really well but we didn't have anyone who could long-snap. So Kody taught himself how to long snap and he was an unbelievable long snapper for us. He was just one of those guys that if he wanted to play golf, he would be pretty good at it."

For K-State, Cook's knowledge of both the quarterback and receiver positions has allowed him to gain an understanding of the multifaceted Wildcat offense. …

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