Dayton Flyers Football News: Jack Cook Named To 2021 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List

Jack Cook Dayton Flyers QB (courtesy Dayton Media Relations)

This Is The Second National Watch List The Flyer QB Is On This Preseason

CHARLESTON, S.C. – University of Dayton record-setting quarterback Jack Cook has been named to the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List.  The four-year starter was also on the same watch list as a junior in 2019. 

Cook passed for a Flyer-record 33 touchdowns in 2019. He enters his senior season as the active FCS leader in career passing efficiency (162.0), which is sixth-best all-time.  He quarterbacked the highest scoring team in FCS football in 2019 (42.6 ppg.) and led FCS in points responsible for per game (24.7).

A 2021 Dayton team captain this season, he completed 192 of 306 passes (.627) for 2,697 yards as a junior.  Those 33 touchdowns came against just five interceptions.  He was also UD’s third-leading rusher (104 att., 470 yds., 4.5 avg., 12 TD) in 2019. 

As a redshirt freshman in 2018, he was thrust into the lineup when incumbent starter Alex Jeske injured his knee and was out for the year in the first quarter of the first game.  Cook appeared in all 11 games and started the last 10. He completed 170 of 280 passes (60.71%) for a total of 2,421 yards and had 20 touchdown passes while only throwing two interceptions in his first season of college action. 

Cook also rushed for 499 yards on 91 attempts and scored eight rushing touchdowns on the season.

He was named to the HERO Sports FCS All-America Freshman Team and named PFL Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2018.

The Cranberry Township, Pa. native is already on the watch list for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the Stats Perform FCS offensive player of the year.

UD was 8-3 overall and 6-2 in the PFL’s last fall season in 2019.  The Flyers finished tied for second in the league that year with a 6-2 PFL record.  Dayton won its last four games in 2019. 

The Flyers open the 2021 season at home against Robert Morris on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 12 noon ET.    For ticket information, please visit



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