63 * Ryan Cook * C * So-1L * 6-7 * 339 * Albuquerque, N.M. (Cibola HS)
NEW MEXICO: Former walk-on who gave UNM one of the biggest offensive lines in the nation when he stepped into the starting lineup midway though the 2002 season...an imposing physical presence who at 6-7, 339 pounds is the biggest starting center in the country...outstanding footwork as well...runs like a tight end...23 career games with 18 straight starts in the middle.
2003 (SOPHOMORE): 83 knockdowns in 10 games on the year...Colorado State...Tremendous game, logging 12 KD blocks along with an assignment grade of 96% in 57 snaps...blew open some giant holes to clear the way for DonTrell Moore's career-high 242 rushing yards...completely walled off the DT and LB as Moore went untouched up the middle for a 45-yard TD run to close the first half...UNLV...Solid performance, recording an assignment grade of 95% and a technique grade of 85% in 73 snaps...also had 3 knockdowns...Utah...Had perhaps his best game as a Lobo, recording a season-high 16 KD blocks with a 97% assignment grade and team-best 83% technique grade...did not allow a sack and helped "The Hitmen" steamroll the nation's 25th-ranked run defense as UNM piled up 407 rushing yards on the afternoon...San Diego State...Notched 6 KD blocks, including a fine blitz pick-up on the Lobos' longest pass of the day, as UNM churned out 207 rushing yards against the MWC's top-ranked defense...97% assignment grade...Utah State...Another dominant blocking performance, recording a season-high 15 knockdowns in 86 snaps...cleared the way for DonTrell Moore's second straight 100-yard game (132 yds.)...New Mexico State...10 KD blocks in all 67 plays to help pave the way for DonTrell Moore's 3rd 100-yard game of the season...BYU...11 knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack against a physical Cougar front line...Texas Tech...7 KD blocks in all 96 plays to help pave the way for the Lobos' 235 rushing yards...Texas State...4 knockdown blocks in 49 snaps...did not allow a sack.
2002 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Inherited the starting center job from junior Justin Colburn, who moved back to quick tackle to replace injured sophomore Nate Hembree...battled a foot injury which limited his development in the spring, but came on to notch 69 knockdowns in 13 games on the season, including 8 straight starts at center...Wyoming...3 KD blocks in all 63 offensive plays...he and his fellow "Hitmen" helped UNM churn out a season-high 292 rushing yards and did not allow a sack for the second straight game...Colorado State...9 knockdowns in 72 snaps...helped pave the way for DonTrell Moore's 181 yards rushing, the most allowed by the Rams all season, and did not allow a sack...BYU...9 KD blocks in 75 snaps...San Diego State...career-high 17 knockdowns in all 74 plays...Utah...6 KD blocks in all 74 snaps...UNM's offensive line did not allow a sack and got 268 yards on the ground against the nation's 16th-ranked run defense...Utah State...13 knockdowns in all 81 offensive plays...UNLV...7 knockdowns in his first career start...played all 58 snaps...Baylor...first career appearance...1 KD block in 6 plays.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2001 graduate of Cibola HS...three-year letterman for the Cougars...named second team all-state, first team all-city in 2001...second team all-city in 1999...played in the North/South all-star game.
PERSONAL: Born May 8, 1983, in Albuquerque, N.M...age is 20...son of Rick and Vicki...has a younger brother, Erik...majoring in Management Information Systems.
CAREER HIGHS: Knockdown Blocks: 17, vs. San Diego State (11/9/02).