A popular series from last draft cycle is returning yet again at Stampede Blue. Last offseason, I interviewed over 40 prospects that could eventually be fits for the Indianapolis Colts in the 2019 NFL Draft. As a result, we were able to find out a lot about two Colts who went on to eventually be drafted by the team in Marvell Tell III and Khari Willis. This year I hope to interview even more prospects so you all can get an inside look at these player’s accomplishments and mindsets going into this next draft.
Our next prospect is quarterback Case Cookus from Northern Arizona. Cookus is an insanely talented quarterback who set FCS records as a Freshman as he totaled 40 touchdowns in the 2015 season. We had an excellent talk about his record breaking Freshman season, his difficulties with injuries over the years, and his low interception totals in his career.
6’4” 217 pounds
2019 STATS First Team QB
2018 Phil Steele All-America (Third Team)
2015 All-Big Sky First Team
2015 Jerry Rice Award winner
2015 Big Sky Freshman of the Year
2015 Walter Camp First Team All-America
2015 STATS Freshman of the Year
2015 Associated Press Third Team All-America
2015 STATS Third Team All-America
2015 College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year
2015 College Football Performance Awards National Freshman of the Year
2015 College Football Performance Awards Quarterback of the Year
290 for 481 (60.3%) for 4,095 yards with 31 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Fit with the Colts:
The Colts are clearly in the quarterback market this offseason as Jacoby Brissett just didn’t get it done in 2019. Cookus may not be the immediate answer but he is super intriguing. He has excellent traits and he produced every year he was healthy in college. If the Colts decide to add a vet like Philip Rivers in free agency, bringing in a player like Cookus late in the draft could be an interesting addition. At the very worst, he could be a good practice squad/QB3 on a roster who is reliable when called upon. I like his fit with the Colts and think he will have a solid NFL career.
Mid-Late Day 3
NorAZ QB Case Cookus is an interesting prospect. Lean but getting stronger. Shows some anticipation ability, gets the ball there on time despite his OL getting pushed into him. He's missed a lot of time with injuries, but enough athleticism to make throws on the run. #SnapScout pic.twitter.com/9oJvt6tZQg— Chad Reuter (@chad_reuter) November 1, 2019
Case Cookus with a beauty of a throw a bit ago— HERO Sports FCS (@HEROSportsFCS) September 28, 2019
So typically for these interviews, I like to transcribe them so you all can read them down below. Cookus was so well spoken though and really thorough with his answers so I decided to upload the recording to YouTube so you all can hear what he had to say. I would like to apologize for the not incredible audio quality as we were talking on the phone and also for my excessive use of phrases such as “awesome, awesome” and such. If I had known I was going to post the audio, I would have cut out my typical interview awkward jargon.
With that being said, please enjoy the interview with Northern Arizona QB Case Cookus down below: