Former Youngstown State tailback Jamaine Cook (Cleveland, Ohio) has been added to the Nation Roster for the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game which will be held this Saturday at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas.
Cook, a two-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection, rushed for 1,279 yards on 279 carries and scored a career-best 15 touchdowns this past season. He was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which honors the FCS's top offensive player and a second-team all-conferecne pick.
Cook's consistency throughout his career was nothing short of remarakable. In each one of his three years as a starter, he rushed for more than 1,276 yards, had at least 241 carries and scored more than 11 touchdowns every year.
On 20 occasions he rushed for more than 100 yards in a game, the second most in school history. TB Tamron Smith set the school mark of 22, however he had the benefit of numerous postseason contests.
He finished his 43-game career with 4,052 yards on 811 carries and scored 39 touchdowns. He ranked second in school history in career rushing yards after becoming just the second player to eclipse the 4,000-yard barrier. In this three seasons as the team's starter, he averaged 116 yards as a sophomore, 126 yards as a junior and 116.3 as a senior.
He set the school record for career all-purpose yardage with 5,220, averaging 121.4 yards per game during his career.
In 2011, Cook was a first-team all-conference selection rushing for 1,386 yards on 217 carries and scored 13 touchdowns.
He joins teammate Lamar Mady, who will be on the offensive line for the Nation team. Cook is one of three former Penguins to be invited to an all-star game in 2013.