Jamaine Cook | 2011-12 Male Athlete of the Year
Junior tailback Jamaine Cook had one of the best regular seasons running the football in Youngstown State history in 2011.
Cook, a Cleveland native, finished with a career-high 1,386 yards on 271 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He ranked second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in rushing yards per game and was seventh in the Football Championship Subdivision. He became the first YSU tailback since 2006 to earn first-team all-conference honors and is the first running back in school history to be named the YSU/Vindicator Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
In 2011, Cook rushed for more than 100 yards on eight occasions, scored touchdowns in seven contests and had 90-or-more yards in 10 games. He had a season-best 179 yards on 32 carries in the win at Southern Illinois. Against Saint Francis (Pa.) he scored a career-high four touchdowns in the victory. He had a season-high 33 carries at Indiana State and in the win over No. 1-ranked North Dakota State. He had at least 28 carries in six contests. Cook averaged 126 yards rushing per game and 145.4 all-purpose yards a contest. He served as a team captain during the season.
He finished 19th in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, which honors the top offensive player at the FCS level.
As a sophomore in 2010, Cook had a breakout campaign. He was a second-team All-MVFC honoree after rushing for 1,276 yards on 241 carries and scoring 11 touchdowns. He finished 13th in the FCS and was second in the MVFC in rushing yards per game averaging 116 yards a contest and 5.3 per carry. In MVFC action he had 973 yards on 199 attempts and scored eight touchdowns. For the campaign he had six 100-yard rushing efforts, highlighted by career-high 213-yard effort on 43 carries at Illinois State. Those 43 carries are tied for the second most in a game in school history.
Cook played in 10 games as a freshman as a reserve running back and member of special teams. He had 20 carries for 110 yards that season with a high of 45 yards on six carries against Austin Peay.
Entering his senior campaign this fall, Cook has 2,773 yards rushing on 532 attempts and has scored 24 touchdowns in 32 career games played. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in 14 games, which is tied for third in school history. He is sixth in school history for career rushing yardage and ranks 10th in all-purpose yards (3,797).
He is a graduate of Midpark High School, where he was a special-mention All-Ohio Division I selection as a senior. He rushed for 1,500 yards and scored 23 touchdowns while accounting for 2,008 all-purpose yards that year.
Jamaine is the son of Michelle Cook and Tony Dehaney. He owns a
2.97 grade-point average as a General Studies major.