Punting and being a left-handed pitcher are pretty unique — and often marketable — skills.
Mississippi State’s Logan Cooke is both.
The 6-foot-5 junior from Darbun, Ms., just completed his third season as the punter for coach Dan Mullen’s team. This spring, he’s joining coach Andy Cannizaro’s baseball team.
The left-handed pitcher played both sports at Columbia Academy. According to his MSU baseball bio, he was 3-1 as a high school senior with a 2.23 earned-run average and 39 strikouts. He also tossed a 1-hitter in the second round of the playoffs, wrapping his career in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star Game.
Cooke joins South Carolina’s Brandon McIlwain in the fraternity of SEC athletes who play baseball and football.
Here he is, sporting the same No. 43 that he wears on the gridiron.
FIRST LOOK | The 2017 Diamond Dawg Roster
— MSU Baseball ⚾ (@HailStateBB) January 27, 2017
On the football field this year, Cooke had a 40.0-yard average on 44 punts, totaling 1,760 yards. He had a 68-yard long and kicked 22 balls inside the opponents 20-yard line. He also took 25 kickoffs, averaging a team-high 63.3 yards per attempt.
Who knows what other hidden talents the punter has?
Which makes me wonder if that combo of arm and leg strength might make @LoganCooke2 a good kick boxer
— Bob Carskadon (@bobcarskadon) January 27, 2017