Started 12 games at strong safety…finished the season sixth on the team in tackles (49 solos, 19 assists)…had 4.5 TFLs, four pass breakups, a forced fumble and two interceptions on the year…excellent game vs. Wake Forest in season opener – three solos, four assists, one TFL…four solos, one assist, caused one fumble against Penn State…six solos, one assist, one interception returned 20 yards at Connecticut…five solos, one assist against Miami…five solos, one assist, one TFL against Ball State…two solos, one interception at Temple…one assist vs. Syracuse…missed the Notre Dame game with a neck injury…three solos, one assist vs. Pittsburgh…four solos, two assists, one TFL vs. West Virginia…eight solos, two assists, one TFL vs. Rutgers…had seven tackles and one pass deflection vs. Virginia Tech…excellent performance in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl in his last game as an Eagle; two solos, five assists…recipient of the Jay McGillis Memorial Scholarship.
Saw significant playing time as number two on the depth chart at strong safety behind Bessette…started in place of the injured Bessette in the Temple game…34 tackles on the year (27 solos); one TFL, 4 quarterback hurries, 4 pass deflections…had what defensive teammates called the “hit of the game” vs. Central Michigan, game in which he had five tackles (three solos), one TFL…two tackles vs. Virginia Tech…two quarterback hurries vs. Pittsburgh…three tackles (two solos) vs. Notre Dame…give tackles (four solos) vs. West Virginia…four tackles (two solos) in the Syracuse game…started for the injured Doug Bessette in the Temple game and finished with seven tackles (six solos) and a fumble recovery in the Temple game.
Saw reserve duty as a free safety in nine games, plus the Music City Bowl win over Georgia, and also played on special teams…registered 23 tackles on the season, including a career-high eight in season-opening win over West Virginia (Sept. 1)…also had five tackles against Stanford (Sept. 8) and three against Navy (Sept. 22)…posted an interceptions in the West Virginia contest.
Saw backup duty in six games in the secondary...had a then career-high five tackles in two games, vs. West Virginia (Sept. 2) and Navy (Sept. 23)...had a leg injury toward the end of the season that limited his playing time, but came back to make five tackles in the win over Arizona State in the Aloha Bowl.
Earned all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior at Berea High School…was also a three-time all-district selection…was a member of Tom Lemming’s all-Midwest team…was a two-time all-state honorable mention choice…was a two-time all-Sun Newspapers selection…made 50 tackles as a junior safety, while rushing for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns at tailback…ran for 1,033 yards as a senior…finished his career as Berea’s all-time rushing and scoring leader; also holds the school’s single-season rushing and scoring marks…served as the Braves’ team captain…was also a two-time all-conference basketball selection…captained both Berea’s basketball and track teams.
Paul E. Cook, born March, 31, 1981…enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences with a major in sociology…Paul is the younger of Cloteal and Paul Cook’s two children.