Honors First Team All-MWC (2009)
Second Team All-MWC (2008)
NEW MEXICO:Three-year starter who was one of the premier offensive linemen in the Mountain West Conference and leader of the Lobos' outstanding offensive line group, dubbed The Hitmen, his final two years...first team all-MWC as senior and second team all-MWC selection as a junior...CollegeFootballNews.com rated him as the No. 4 senior center in the country entering the 2009 season...developed into a real leader up front as a junior, especially after starting QB Donovan Porterie suffered a season-ending injury in week 4...made all the line calls and blitz adjustments for the offensive line...an excellent athlete who could play any position on the line...manned the starting left tackle spot as a sophomore in 2007 and was extremely valuable as the top backup at every position up front...saw game action at tackle, guard, and center in `07 and played four of the five OL spots in a single game (vs. Sacramento State)...best position was center where he took over for `07 first team all-MWC honoree Vince Natali...39 career games with 33 starts (23 at C, 9 at OT, 1 at OG)...broke his right wrist during the final week of training camp in 2007 and taught himself to snap with his left hand the rest of the season when he played center...split time with an injured Natali late in the 2006 season...made tremendous progress on the field and in the weight room over his final two years...max of 348 in the power clean and 500 in the squat...selected to play in the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game and earned an invite to the NFL Combine.
2009 (SENIOR): Was one of the top offensive linemen in the Mountain West once again, earning consensus first team all-MWC honors...CollegeFootballNews.com listed him at No. 20 on its list of the best players in the MWC, regardless of position...88 knockdown blocks (7.3 avg.) and 18 extra effort plays in 12 starts at center...80% or better technique grade in 10 games, including a season-high 93% vs. Colorado State...just 1 sack allowed in 470 passing attempts and only 1 penalty in 836 plays on the year...49 knockdowns in the final 5 games (9.8 avg.)...teammates voted him Most Valuable Player, Offensive MVP, and co-Offensive Team Captain of the Year at the postseason awards banquet...he was the first offensive lineman to win the team MVP award since 1966 and first ever named Offensive MVP...also took home the Red Menace Fan Appreciation Award for his positive interaction with the Lobo fans throughout his career.
vs. No. 22 BYU...Turned in perhaps his best games of the year against one of the biggest defensive fronts in the country...recorded season-highs with 13 knockdowns and an 86% technique grade...96% assignment grade in 84 snaps...had 2 extra effort plays and no sacks or penalties...did an excellent job of getting downfield to clear the way on screen passes.
at No. 14 Utah...12 KD blocks in all 75 plays against one of the MWC's premier defensive fronts...no sacks or penalties.
at San Diego State...Heped the Lobos' put up their second-highest yardage total on an aggressive national top-50 defense...11 KD blocks, and 81% technique grade and just 2 missed assignments in 91 snaps...no sacks or penalties.
at Texas Tech...Tremendous performance agains an active Big 12 front 4...12 knockdowns, an 81% technique grade, and just 4 missed assignments in a season-high 98 snaps...key blocks on several 3rd down and 4th down conversions...no sacks allowed, giving Donovan Porterie time to throw for 316 yards on 56 pass attempts and helped clear the way for freshman A.J. Butler's 102 rushing yards.
vs. New Mexico State...85% technique grade, 7 KD blocks, and a team-best 3 extra effort plays in 54 snaps.
vs. Air Force...Turned in his best game of the early season, helping UNM churn out a season-high 188 rushing yards...no missed assignments and a team-high 5 knockdowns in all 52 snaps...perfect technique on 81% of his snaps and 2 extra effort plays...helped spring James Wright's 84-yard TD run in the 4th quarter...no sacks allowed or penalties.
vs. Tulsa...6 knockdown blocks, 4 extra effort plays, and didn't miss a single assignment in 57 snaps...perfect technique on 84% of his snaps...didn't allow a sack and no penalties.
2008 (JUNIOR): Leader of one of the premier offensive line groups in the MWC which cleared the way for the nation's 16th-ranked rushing offense...2nd team all-MWC selection and his teammates' choice for most Outstanding Offensive Lineman - the first center to win the award since his brother Ryan in 2005...posted team-high performance grades in 7 games...started the first 7 games before missing week 8 vs. San Diego State with an illness...it snapped a 17-game consecutive starts streak (10 at tackle in `07)...7 games with an overall grade over 80% and flawless technique on at least 60% of his snaps in 8 games...105 knockdown blocks (9.5 avg.) on the year and led the team with double-digit knockdown totals in 8 games...just 2 sacks allowed in 274 pass attempts...went 116 pass plays before allowing his first sack in week 5...only flagged for 3 penalties (752 plays), including 6 penalty-free games to open the season...was at his best against the MWC's top defenses, averaging 10.5 knockdowns and an 81% performance grade, and not allowing any sacks or committing any penalties in 4 games against TCU, Utah, Air Force and Wyoming. Season Highs: 14 KD blocks (vs. Wyoming), 87% performance grade (twice), 99% assignment grade (vs. Wyoming), 83% technique grade (vs. Utah), 89% effort grade (at UNLV).
vs. Wyoming...Turned in perhaps the finest game of his career to lead another dominant performance in the trenches...tallied a career-high 14 KD blocks and had a career-high performance grade for the second straight week, finishing with an 87% mark...missed just one assignment (73 plays) for a career-high 99% assignment grade and smashed his previous best by blocking with perfect technique on 82% of his snaps...no penatlies or pressure on the QB, while clearing the way for the Lobos' 317 rushing yards.
at New Mexico State...Led a dominant physical performance by The Hitmen, who paved the way for the Lobos' 297 rushing yards (63 attempts)...13 knockdowns along with an 84% performance grade...also executed his block with perfect technique on 69% of his 86 snaps and had a 98% assignment grade...tied for team honors with a 86% effort mark.
vs. Arizona...80% performance grade, including flawless technique on 65% of his snaps and an 81% effort grade...5 KDs with no penalties or QB pressure allowed...led the way on Rodney Ferguson's 25-yard TD run to open the 2nd half.
vs. Texas A&M...Solid performance against a massive defensive front...led the team with an 83% performance grade, including a 68% technique grade...10 KD blocks with no penalties or pressure on the QB in 80 snaps...walled off a pair of Aggie defenders to spring Rodney Ferguson's 45-yard TD run...helped the Lobos' pile up 216 rushing yards.
vs. TCU...Team-high 77% performance grade and 12 KD blocks in his first collegiate start at center...no penalties and or sacks allowed against one of the nation's premier defenses.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 13 games, starting the final 10...9 starts protecting QB Donovan Porterie's blind side at left tackle and a spot start at left guard in place of injured Anthony Kilby...did a nice job with his assignment knowledge throughout the season...his first career start came at right tackle vs. Sacramento State...saw significant action in the final 11 games playing four different spots on the offensive line...35 knockdown blocks.
vs. UNLV...Season-high 6 knockdowns to help the Lobos' put up 381 yards of total offense, including 171 on the ground...missed just 2 assignments, didn't allow any sacks and had no penalties in 75 snaps.
vs. BYU...Started at left tackle in place of Sylvester Hatten and turned in a solid effort against a big, powerful front 7...5 knockdowns, a 94% assignment grade and didn't allow any pressure on the QB.
vs. Sacramento State...Made his first career start in place of Devin Clark at RT, but played 4 positions over the course of the game...came in to play LT briefly for injured Sylvester Hatten, then subbed in at RG for Bart Miller and eventually finished the game at C with the No. 2 offense...tallied 3 KD blocks and a 98% assignment grade in 43 snaps, helping the offense put up 499 yards and 58 points.
at Arizona...Rotated in at right guard in the first half, but moved to left tackle in the 3rd quarter when Sylvester Hatten went down with an injury...3 knockdowns and an overall performance grade of 76% in 51 snaps...was assignment sound on 96% of his plays and did not allow any sacks.
2006 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in 3 games, sharing time with Vince Natali late in the season...came on to start the second half in his collegiate debut vs. TCU (36 snaps)...tallied two pins to help TB Rodney Ferguson pound out 65 rushing yards on 13 carries in the final two quarters against the nation's No. 4 rushing defense...got downfield to clear the way for Ferguson's 26-yard gain on a screen play that led to a Lobo TD...also saw second half action in the final two games vs. San Diego State (13 snaps) and against San Jose State in the New Mexico Bowl.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2005 graduate of Albuquerque Cibola HS...two-year starter at offensive tackle for head coach Ben Shultz...second team all-district and all-metro as a senior...lettered in wrestling and track (shot put, discus, javelin) as well...class 5A runner-up in the javelin and third in the discus as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born July 5, 1987, in Albuquerque...age is 22...full name is Erik Marvin Cook...son of Rick and Vicki...major is Communication & Journalism.