Career: Played in a school-record 50 games, making nine official starts ... Played superback, or NU's version of the tight end position ... Named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society in 2011.
2010: Played in 13 games with one start ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Caught one pass for three yards in TicketCity Bowl vs. Texas Tech ... Returned one kickoff for 11 yards at Wisconsin ... One catch for two yards at Indiana ... Caught a career-best three passes at Vanderbilt for 19 yards, including the third touchdown catch of his career ... His 2-yard scoring grab proved to be the game-winning touchdown.
2009: Played in all 13 games with four starts ... Two catches for 11 yards at Purdue ... Caught a career-long 23-yard pass at Syracuse ... Named NU's special teams player of the game vs. the Orange ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2008: Played in all 13 games in 2008, including the Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri ... One catch for seven yards at Michigan ... Caught a 2-yard TD pass, the second of his career, from Mike Kafka at Minnesota ... Grabbed a 10-yard reception at Indiana ... Hauled in one pass for a 3-yard third-down conversion against Purdue ... One catch for 12 yards against Ohio State ... Against Ohio, caught one pass for 10 yards ... Caught his first career touchdown pass vs. Syracuse, a 2-yard completion from C.J. Bachér in the fourth quarter ... It was just the second catch of his career ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2007: Along with classmate Drake Dunsmore, one of two true freshmen to play for NU ... Caught his first collegiate pass (7-yarder) against Duke.
High School: Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Midwest and Velocity/PrepStar All-Region tight end ... Ranked 16th among all players (first among tight ends) in Rivals.com Michigan player ranking and 21st among all players in SuperPrep Michigan player ranking ... Ranked 33rd-best tight end nationally by Rivals.com, 22nd-best tight end nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc., and 80th-best defensive tackle nationally by SuperPrep ... 2006 honorable mention all-state selection ... Named to 2006 Grand Rapids Press and Holland Sentinel All-Area teams ... Two-time all-conference honoree (2005-06) ... Totaled 20 receptions for 312 yards (15.6 ypr) and 2 TD's his senior season ... Defensively, while playing end, notched 32 tackles (20 solos), 8.5 TFLs and a pair of sacks ... Led the Maroons to the state playoffs for the first time in 2006 ... Finished 7-3 overall ... Also lettered two times as a standout center for the Maroons' basketball team ... National Honor Society ... Coached by Tim Lont.
Personal: Born Joshua Daniel Rooks ... Son of Daniel and Deborah Rooks ... Psychology major and religion studies minor.
The Rooks File
Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod:
A: 1. My Curse (Killswitch Engage) 2. Salute Your Solution (Raconteurs) 3. Icky Thump (White Stripes) 4. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin) 5. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
A: Live fully in every moment, and the right attitude is everything
Q: A song that best describes you?
A: Integralactic by the Beastie Boy
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is:
A: That I'm currently teaching myself to play the guitar
Q: My favorite place to visit is:
Q: Facebook or Twitter?
Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team?
A: Ricky Wiena
Q: My favorite thing about NU is:
A: The Weather
Q: Most humbling experience:
A: First week of freshman year football camp
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
A: Football Scholarship
Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be:
A: Barry Sanders
Q: My favorite pregame ritual is:
A: Listening to music and visualizing
Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
A: Dumb and Dumber
Q: My favorite food is:
A: Deep dish sausage pizza at Lou's
Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is:
A: That my friends and family are able to come watch the game
Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be:
A: Catching a winning last second touchdown in overtime
Q: My favorite television show is:
A: Curb Your Enthusiasm
Q: My football-related superstition is:
A: For some reason when I leave the hotel before the game I always leave the hotel key, when I keep it I either play badly or we lose.