Connor Cook and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio are looking to solidify the Spartans as an elite Big Ten Power. With Cook in his junior year at Michigan State, the talented quarterback is looking to take the reigns of the team after losing an elite defense that got them to a Rose Bowl win.
This is Cook’s team now, and he is excited about it.
The two-year letterwinner has started the last 13 games at quarterback for the Spartans (12-1 record, 8-0 Big Ten games). In 17 total career games, he has completed 58 percent of his passes (232-of-397) for 2,849 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Cook now enters his junior season ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in passing touchdowns (ninth with 23), passing efficiency (ninth with 134.3 rating), pass completion percentage (ninth at .584), pass attempts (14th with 232) and passing yards (15th with 2,849).
With two more years of eligibility under his belt, the 6’4”, 219lb quarterback is expected to be atop Michigan State’s all-time leader board; and hopes to lead the Spartans down the road to the College Football Playoff’s first champion.
The spring game is underway on Saturday, April 26th, and as per usual with any great leader; Connor Cook is taking it one step at a time. There’s only one thing he is looking forward to at this point in time.
"A victory — I've never won a spring game before,'' Cook said. "My first year I was quarterback for both teams, and then last year, I lost to Andrew Maxwell. So the main thing I want to get is a victory.''
As the defending Big Ten champions kick off at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan, their eyes won’t be focused on last years win against Stanford; they’re looking forward to the steak dinner that comes from winning this spring game.
This is Connor Cook’s team now, and with the offense remaining mostly in tact from last season, he can look forward to throwing to Aaron Burbridge, RJ Shelton, DeAnthony Arnett, and Andre Sims Jr., all of which are star players in this 2014 squad.
There is a little time left to celebrate the past for the Spartans, but it’s time to look forward to the future as Connor Cook proves himself one of the elite players in the Big Ten this 2014 season.