Cook will have to fit into that mold to a certain extent, but he will do so with a different attitude.
"That was my mindset last year, just doing my job,'' Cook said. "But my mindset this year is to go out and make plays any way possible - special teams, defense, everything. If I can make a play on a punt, great. That's what I want to do every play.''
There was, of course, a point a few months ago when it seemed questionable whether Cook would even play, much less make plays, this season. He and safety-linebacker Terence Garvin were arrested in early May for shoplifting snacks from a Morgantown convenience store a month earlier.
As much as he's grateful for becoming somewhat famous in the Orange Bowl, he's even more appreciative that he didn't become infamous for what happened three months later.
Coach Dana Holgorsen elected not to suspend either after putting them through grueling workouts and, as he said, forcing them to prove they deserved a second chance.
"I learned a lot from it,'' Cook said. "I'm just so happy to be here. I might not have been. My life could have changed very quickly. I thank Coach Holgorsen for still believing in me and trusting me.''
"We went through a lot. He put us through a lot of physical things, and he made us realize what a privilege it was to be here. It's a blessing. I smile every day when I wake up.''
If Cook does make more plays this season and perhaps even get into the end zone again, he's learned from the Obie experience to watch what happens when he gets there. He hasn't studied much about mascots in the Big 12 - "Do they have any fruits?'' he asked - but figures if he can make a play in a home game in Morgantown, that would be even better.
"I want to,'' Cook smiled. "But if I get to the end zone [at Mountaineer Field] I'm just going to shake the Mountaineer's hand. I dream about that all the time.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.