It’s the dream scenario most defensive backs go an entire career without experiencing.
Returning an interception 100 yards to the house.
At Cramton Bowl, Spanish Fort’s Jonathan Cook, an Alabama commitment, had the golden opportunity to check that elusive accomplishment off his resume during Saturday’s Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
“I thought I was going to outrun the quarterback,” Cook laughed following Alabama’s 21-16 victory. “All I was thinking was score, score, score. I read the post play perfectly. … I just wish I could have scored, but I am thankful for the opportunity.”
With the Mississippi all-stars driving deep midway through the second quarter, Cook stepped in front of quarterback Parker Adamson’s pass for the game’s second interception with nothing but a clear path down the left sideline on second-and-goal.
However, Cook didn’t get the chance to reach the end zone because Adamson, who seemed to be running faster than his 4.7 40-yard dash time would indicate, surprisingly chased down Cook.
“I was the only one who could stop him,” said Adamson, who completed 12 of 21 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. “At the time it was 6-0, so I knew if they scored, it would be almost impossible for us to come back from — I just dived at his feet to try and trip him up.
“I wasn’t going to let him score a touchdown.”
Cook’s interception return fell approximately 43 yards shy of its intended goal.
“When a (defensive back) picks it with that much room to run, you’re supposed to score,” said Alabama all-star assistant coach Todd Watson, who also found the play amusing. “Nobody supposed to run you down, especially the quarterback. But things like that are going to happen.”
The 6-foot-1 Spanish Fort senior could do nothing but think about the potential comical comments. It was there on the sidelines where his all-star teammates — namely Reuben Foster (Auburn) and Cedrix Reed (Foley) — took turns taking playful shots at the failed pick-6.
“I gave him the business for getting walked down,” said Foster, who recently decommitted from Auburn. “He got walked down by the quarterback. He was on the sidelines (hyping) everyone up, then when we’re telling him to go, go, go; he gets tripped up by the quarterback.”
Alabama commitment ArDarius Stewart defended Cook.
“The quarterback just had a good angle,” Stewart said. “It had nothing to do with speed because when you get a good angle on someone, you’re bound to catch them. Cook was beating himself up about it, and everybody made a little fun about him, but he did alright.”