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Drinkwitz Names Brady Cook Starting Quarterback

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri football head coach Eliah Drinkwitz has named Brady Cook the starting quarterback for Mizzou’s season opener on Sept. 1.

A native of St. Louis, Cook has played in eight career games, including five a season ago. He earned his first career start in the 2021 Armed Forces Bowl vs. Army West Point, completing 27-of-34 passes for 238 yards and a score. He also rushed for a career-high 53 yards and a touchdown against the Black Knights.

Cook ran in a 30-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game, the longest rush by a Mizzou quarterback in 2021, and his first career rushing TD. His second score of the game was a go-ahead touchdown pass to Keke Chism with just over a minute remaining.

Also in 2021, he was a perfect 5-of-5 for 29 yards with one passing touchdown against Southeast Missouri State. Cook finished the season 47-of-59 for 350 yards and two scores while rushing for 92 yards and a score.

As a true freshman in 2020, he played in three games, completing 6-of-7 passes for 72 yards. His first career touchdown came on a 25-yard pass in Mizzou’s 41-0 win over Vanderbilt in 2020.


Mizzou will open the 2022 season on Thursday, September 1 at Faurot Field, playing host to Louisiana Tech. As part of a new fan experience initiative, Mizzou encourages attendees to #TigerStripeFaurot in Black and Gold against the Bulldogs, and in future home openers. Single game and season tickets for the 2022 campaign are on sale now. Visit for more information.

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics