NAU QB Case Cookus
QB #15 Case Cookus
Case Cookus NAU QB

Case Cookus
case cookus
case cookus
Story & Photos by Kevin Pakos for Arizona Sports Network Radio. Posted 6/30/17

Team first. A lot of players say this many times in their football careers. To play quarterback in college, a lot of things have to go your way. Each year there are over three hundred thousand high school seniors playing. Around twenty thousand will play make a college team as a freshman. Many players will transfer to a new high school if they cannot be "the man" where they are at.

The most important year for a QB to be noticed by college recruiters is their junior year. As a junior, Case Cookus knew he wanted to play at a D1 school.

Thousand Oaks High School already had a starter at the QB position. Case moved to receiver for his junior season. Returning as the teams QB his senior season. He played well but did not catch anyone's attention, even with 20 touchdowns and two interceptions.

He stayed in California and went to Ventura Junior College to play but was injured in summer practice and had to grayshirt. Prior to returning to Ventura to play his freshman year at Ventura CC, Case attended a summer camp at Northern Arizona University, the coaches liked what they saw and within two weeks he was in Flagstaff working in the Lumberjacks summer practices.

The kid that walks around the NAU campus with a Batman backpack has performed more than a few super hero feats on the field. Since I am going to present the entire interview in audio format, I will cover some of his hi-lights here. Among them are these awards won his freshman season.

He was 2015 FCS STATS National Freshman of the Year. College Football Performance Awards CFPA National Performer of the year, CFPA Frosh of Year, CFPA QB Award, Walter Camp All American Third Team, STATS FCS All American Third Team, Associate Press FCS, All American, College Sporting News 2015 Fabulous Fifty, FCS All American & College Sports Madness All American First Team. There were many more.

BatFaq: Case Cookus is only the second quarterback in NAU history play as a starter as a true freshman. The other guy was Jason Murrietta (Ironwood High School in Glendale) in 2003.

BatFaq: He finished his freshman season with a record setting 37 touchdowns over 3,000 yards passing and only 5 interceptions. The 37 TD's were the best in the FCS and won him the Jerry Rice Trophy given to the most outstanding freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision.

He was injured early in his sophomore season at NAU, but will return in 2017 with three years of eligibility. Because he has been taking summer classes he is likely to be graduating in the Spring of 2018.

BatFaq: His freshman year stats were among the best in the nation at quarterback for all grade levels. He had two games with seven TD's. His 5 int's were fewest in entire FCS for all QB's with over 3,000 yards passing.

2017 will be the most challenging season yet. The Lumberjacks do not have any "breather" teams on their schedule and the Big Sky teams now have film on Cookus. But don't be surprised if Case uses his cast of super hero teammates to make big plays and win important games.

The kid that no one wanted in 2014 is on everyone's radar in 2017. To hear the entire story in his own words, click on the audio player.

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