Checking in on Miami's Glenn Cook

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

If anyone knows the twists and turns Miami's program has been through recently, it's linebacker Glenn Cook.

He's been on the roster since 2003, his redshirt season, but gained another year of eligibility after he missed all of last season with three discolated toes and received a medical redshirt.

Now, it's only natural that Cook is in a leadership position. Even after missing all of 2007, Cook still has the most starts of any returning linebacker. He enters this season with career totals of 109 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

Cook returned to practice this spring, but said he didn't feel 100 percent until this summer. That's when he decided to get the bracelets made for the team with their motto "No excuses".

"I was just trying to think of something to get the team going, get us on the right track," he said.

Those within the program say Miami has a presence that had been lacking in the past. Despite the influx of new talent, Cook said there are enough veterans mixed in for Miami to show significant improvement from last year's two wins in the ACC.

"We're capable of doing whatever we want to do," he said. "It's up to us. A lot of the older guys on the team have to take more responsibility, more leadership roles. I think we just have to keep improving like we have been in camp and we might surprise some people."