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Diamond Talk: Case Cookus, QB, Northern Arizona University | Touchdown Machine in the FCS

Case Cookus did not pick up a football until middle school, which is really impressive. Cookus was actually a wide receiver at Thousand Oaks in California High School before moving to quarterback his senior season.  He was passed on by many teams because of experience. Cookus attempted to play football at Ventura College a Junior College but after suffering a shoulder injury he never played a snap of JUCO ball.  He sent his film to teams and a wide receivers coach at NAU named Aaron Pflugrad decided to visit him at Ventura. NAU offered at the rest is history.

Case Cookus has been a special player since his Freshman year for the Lumberjacks, when he landed the Jerry Rice Award for Freshman of the Year.  Cookus dominated his first season, finishing ranked in the FCS in multiple categories to include passing touchdowns, passing yards per completion, passing yards, completions, and passing effieciency.

Cookus has not slowed down either.  He had a season ending injury in 2016 after playing in four games. In those four games he threw for 1,173 yards, with 13 touchdowns.

In 2017, Cookus rebounded and threw for a total of 3,413 yards and 22 touchdowns on 474 pass attempts. 

Cookus missed the 2018 season as well with a season ending injury in the opening quarter of the second game of the season against Eastern Washington.  He finished the season with 265 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.  Cookus was granted an additional year and is hoping to have a huge final season.

If Case Cookus can stay healthy in 2019, NFL teams will be blowing up his phone.  I love this kid’s film and size. A 6040 quarterback with a live arm is exactly what NFL teams are looking for.

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