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Stanford's Toi Cook is a Player for All Seasons Senior Must Now Choose Between Hitting Home Runs or Wide Receivers as Pro
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Weisman, Jon
Date: May 29, 1987
Start Page: 19
Section: Sports; 3; Sports Desk
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Elway and [Mark Marquess] aren't alone in their assessments of Cook's abilities. His statistics tell the same story. In 502 at-bats in his first three baseball seasons, [Toi Cook] hit .317 with 98 runs-batted in, stole 62 bases in 77 attempts and struck out only 39 times. Although he had only four career home runs midway through his junior season, Cook was moved into the cleanup spot and responded by batting over .400 the rest of the year.

After his elevation to the No. 2 slot in the Cardinal batting order this year, Cook cranked up his power, hitting 10 home runs in his first 54 games. Cook was hitting .324 going into the final weekend of the regular season with 59 runs scored, 54 RBIs and 14 doubles, all career bests.

As a cornerback, Cook led the Cardinal in interceptions as a sophomore and junior, and was among the nation's leaders as a senior last fall when he fractured his left wrist against San Diego State Oct. 4. Doctors anticipated that he would be out for two months, but Cook returned to the team three weeks later with a soft cast on the wrist. He finished the season with a career-high eight interceptions and helped lead Stanford to the Gator Bowl.

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