Youngstown State senior tailback Jamaine Cook was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against South Dakota, the league announced on Sunday.
Cook rushed for a 203 yards on 42 carries and had a touchdown in the Penguins’ 13-10 win over South Dakota. Cook had season-high totals in both carries and yards in the contest. He scored on one-yard run in the third quarter. He moved into third in rushing yards for a career in school history and eclipsed 1,000 yards for the third consecutive season. He had 103 yards on 23 carries in the first half and 90 on 19 totes in the second half.
He moved into third place in school history in career rushing yardage. Cook now has 3,815 and trails just Adrian Brown at 3,978 and Tamron Smith at 4,866 in school history. Against South Dakota, Cook had 42 carries for 203 yards. The carries rank as the fourth most in a single game in school history. The 203 yards is the 21st time in school history a Penguin has eclipsed the 200-yard mark in a contest.
Other players honored for their performances on Saturday were S Caleb Schaffitzel of Missouri State (defense); LB T.J. Lally of South Dakota State (newcomer); and PK Justin Syrovatka of South Dakota State (special teams).
The Penguins return to action on Saturday at Western Illinois. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Central.