Well, Cook is back to making standout plays again. In West Virginia's opener Saturday against William & Mary he intercepted the fourth-quarter pass that finally, mercifully, sealed WVU's 24-17 win. That, along with the less-iconic plays he made, earned him the Mountaineers' defensive champion award.
And that's exactly where he wanted to be after what could only be called a rocky spell between that Orange Bowl and now.
"Last year was not good,'' Cook admitted. "I had to get my mind right and my body right. And I've done that.''
Indeed, 2012 was not the kind of encore performance Cook expected coming off that Orange Bowl. Yes, he was hurt at times last season and hates to admit that perhaps the Orange Bowl stardom went to his head. But for whatever reason, he didn't play well. Sometimes he didn't play at all.
And so he had the video made. It was as much to convince himself that he was a good football player as it was to convince anyone else. At first he said he just wanted to watch it himself and show his friends. But then it caught on and everyone was watching it.
In fact, he had to make two videos when something happened to the first.
"The new one's much better,'' he said. "We cut out the cussing words.''
He said Saturday after his interception against William & Mary that he wouldn't update the video just because of that one play. After all, he plans on making a lot of them as the season goes on.
Of course, with the highlights out there, isn't there now pressure on Cook to live up to the hype?
"No way,'' he said. "When I put the video together, it was from when I was hurt. In those plays I was hurt. In those plays I hadn't worked as hard as I have this year. I'm going to be way better than what I was last year.''
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