ISU football: 10 MOST IMPACTFUL — Counting down Idaho State’s most impactful players leading up to fall camp: Josh Cook
No. 8: Josh Cook, R-Sr., TE
2015 stats: 31 catches, 333 yards, 2 TDs
No Idaho State offensive player has been as consistent as Josh Cook the last three seasons: no games missed, catch totals of 32, 37 and 31.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound tight end was a STATS FCS Preseason All-American prior to last season and enters his senior year as a major key to ISU’s offense — more so than he already was.
The Bengals’ offense is changing from a no-huddle, uptempo air raid to a more traditional system, Bengals head coach Mike Kramer said at the Big Sky Conference Football Kickoff in Park City, Utah. With top outside receiving threats Madison Mangum (graduation) and Broc Malcom (academically ineligible) gone, ISU will look to inside guys like Cook and senior wideout KW Williams to be its primary targets as the offense chips away at yardage.
“The premier pass-catching tight end in this conference comes back for his fourth year as a starter, and that’s Josh Cook,” Kramer said. “We’ll spend more time throwing the ball in the middle and to the inside guys this season.”
Only Cook’s yardage has wavered through ISU’s offensive lulls. His career-high 524 yards in the Bengals’ prolific 2014 dipped to 333 yards in the Bengals’ stagnant 2015, but his catch and touchdown totals have been unaffected.
With a greater focus on Cook’s area of the field, the potential is there for him to reach Josh Hill’s record for most catches in a season by an ISU tight end (70).