With six straight losses, it's easy to see the UVA football team is struggling this season.
The Cavaliers now have a record of 2-6, which has many people looking towards the future.
UVA commitment Malcolm Cook is having an outstanding senior season at Fork Union, playing safety for the Blue Devils, and Cook is someone who could have a big impact when he steps on grounds.
Fork Union senior safety Malcolm Cook showed up at a UVA football camp this summer, and walked away with a full scholarship, after running 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
"I thought it was going to be in like the 4.55's, but I guess I really turned the burners on then," says Cook.
FUMA head coach Micky Sullivan says, "That kind of speed you can't find everywhere, and he's that kind of player."
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound safety transferred from Armstrong High School in Richmond to FUMA for his senior season, and has helped lead the team to a 7-2 record.
Sullivan says, "When Malcolm Cook walked into the locker room, we got better as a football team."
Cook is listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, and says the Cavaliers weren't always his #1 team.
"I actually grew up a Hokies fan," Cook said, with a laugh, "but UVA just felt like home."
Cook says the Cavalier coaches have talked with him about getting time at safety or even corner his freshman season.
"I prefer safety, because there's a lot of hitting," says Cook. "You can come down hard and put a hit on somebody."
Senior running back/linebacker T.J. Dudley says, "He hits hard. He hits harder than most of the linebackers I've played against."
Malcolm Cook has plenty of experience playing against college-level competition, as the senior faces off against top-ranked quarterback prospect Christian Hackenberg everyday in practice.
"Physically, his tools, he's up there with the best of them," says the Penn State commitment. "He's got some refining to do, but that's all going to come as he gets to college. He's going to be a great college football player."
Sullivan adds, "As he gets better, gains a little bit of weight, and gets stronger, he's going to get faster, and I just think everything is an upside for him at Virginia."
Cook can officially sign with Virginia on February 6th.
FUMA plays at Benedictine on Friday, and will play their last home game of the regular season November 2nd.
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