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Connor Cook | Quarterback

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/29/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Michigan State QB Connor Cook "has a chance to be a first round prospect, despite the Spartans loss in Eugene over the weekend."
"But through two games in 2014, nothing has changed my opinion that Cook has a chance to be a first round prospect, despite the Spartans loss in Eugene over the weekend," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cook, completed 29 of 47 attempts for 343 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 46-27 loss to Oregon. Brugler notes that despite throwing a pair of interceptions, Cook performed well "in one of the most hostile environments" and "on the opposite coast, Cook had more positives than negatives." Sep 9 - 3:46 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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Michigan State QB Connor Cook completed 29 of 47 attempts for 343 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 46-27 loss to Oregon.

Twitter's reaction to Cook throughout this game was priceless, as many were impressed for the first time. Cook can very, very good in a clean pocket, throwing lasers to the sideline or across the middle of the field. However, as much as we like Cook's talent, his issues against pressure are indisputable. A few examples stick out. One, Cook dropped his eyes in the first half, panicked in the pocket and threw a horrible interception. Second, Cook later dropped his eyes again and phantom sacked himself in the pocket. Every quarterback has flaws after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Cook has flashed pocket movement in the first two games of the season, but it is not nearly consistent enough.
Sep 7 - 10:32 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook believes the hit by Jacksonville State's Folo Johnson's on him "was a pretty bad cheap shot."

"I thought it was a pretty bad cheap shot," Cook told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "I’ve seen a lot of hits, growing up, watching TV and stuff like that. I’ve never seen a hit like that, so low and so late. I thought it was a really dirty hit. But I’m glad things aren’t as bad as it looked." On Cook's first big throw of the game, he took the low hit to the knee after releasing the ball on the move. Cook limped off the field, but did not have to miss any plays. The Spartans prospect was almost close to perfect in the Spartans 45-7 win, throwing only one incompletion on the day, passing for 285 yards and three touchdowns before sitting out the rest of the second half out.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 3 - 8:32 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 12 of 13 attempts for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 45-7 win over Jacksonville State.

Cook only played one half, but looked impressive. On Cook's first big throw of the game, he climbed and escaped the pocket to the right and took a nasty hit to the knee after releasing the ball on the move. Cook hobbled to the bench and needed assistance getting there, but was able to return very quickly. Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston top quarterback lists, however, Cook should be mentioned more frequently as the third option.
Aug 30 - 9:13 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook was not named one of the school's three captains.

Senior safety Kurtis Drummond, junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun and senior offensive lineman Travis Jackson were named the three captains. Beat writer Joe Rexrode calls the outcome "somewhat surprising, not shocking." 2014 was Cook's first year as a starter. He displayed plenty of upside, but development in the form of poised pocket would be nice to see.
Aug 21 - 2:39 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook is "very capable" of breaking the Spartans' stretch of not having a top-40 drafted quarterback, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

MSU hasn't had a QB drafted in the top 40 during the Super Bowl era. "He is a good-sized athlete for the position with enough mobility to handle the high volume of rollouts and bootlegs in the Spartan's pro-style attack," Brugler wrote. "Cook has a quick set up and delivery with an easy release and top-shelf arm strength to make all the throws, displaying an arsenal of frozen ropes. He has functional downfield touch and controls his velocity well with fast eyes to see the field well on the move." Rotoworld projects the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder as a first-rounder in next spring's draft, though Cook needs to continue developing to make good on that projection. "Cook tends to ignore his footwork and lower half mechanics and with 58.7-percent completions, he has room to improve his ball placement, especially downfield," Brugler wrote. "He is too willing to throw off balance before his body and feet are set."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 9:38 PM

"Sparty is in good hands" with junior QB Connor Cook, proclaims Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"Strong pocket presence, quality decision maker and functional mobility to extend plays," Weidl wrote. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound prospect worked with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. over the summer. "He's one of those guys who now has the pilot light on inside, and with more experience, that confidence will bode well. The most dangerous thing you can have in a quarterback is confidence, and that guy has it," Whitfield Jr. said earlier this month.
Jul 26 - 4:40 PM

Quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. notes the growth of "confidence" in Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook.

"He's one of those guys who now has the pilot light on inside, and with more experience, that confidence will bode well. The most dangerous thing you can have in a quarterback is confidence, and that guy has it," Whitfield Jr. said. When the 6-foot-4, 220 pound prospect started working with Whitfield Jr., he was trying to win the No. 2 QB spot for the Spartans. After a couple of games in, Cook took the reigns as the starter last year and became the first QB ever to beat Ohio State, Michigan and Stanford and become the Rose Bowl MVP. Our own Josh Norris, projects him as a first-round pick in next years draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 11 - 5:31 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook "could make a major move up the charts this season."

"He displayed the poise, moxie and resiliency to make big plays in a high-pressure environment with the game on the line in those contests," Brooks wrote. "Additionally, Cook showcased the pocket-passing skills and arm strength to thrive in an offense that places the burden on the quarterback to create plays in the passing game." Michigan State is expected to open up the offense to tailor its attack to the squad's personnel in 2014, schematic changes that will spotlight Cook's strengths. Cook is also a favorite of Josh Norris, who projects him as a first-round pick next year.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:56 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook says the Spartans' goal in 2014 is winning the Big Ten championship and the Rose Bowl.

"Anything less... would be a failure," Cook said. "But it's different now. I feel like we're going to have more of a swagger heading into this season." Michigan State is moving into the Big Ten's East Division along with Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana and newcomers Maryland and Rutgers. "We won the Rose Bowl. We know what we're capable of," Cook said. "It's everyone's dream to win a national championship, and we feel like we can do that but you just have to take it one step at a time. The main goal at our program, which is what it is every year, is to win the Big Ten championship. If you win that, you're in a BCS bowl. But it's still the main goal is to win the Big Ten championship and then really everything else will take care of itself."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 6 - 7:15 PM

Michigan State sophomore Connor Cook completed 22 of 36 attempts for a career-high 332 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Wednesday's 24-20 Rose Bowl victory over Stanford.

Cook found Tony Lippett for a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help the Spartans win the 100th Rose Bowl. No. 4 Michigan State ends the season on a 10-game winning streak. Cook vacillated between greatness and ineptitude against the Cardinal, ripping off several clutch throws but tossing a key interception (and almost committing two more which were dropped by Stanford defenders). Cook will be one of the best returning QBs in the Big 10 in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 1 - 10:00 PM

Michigan State sophomore Connor Cook threw for a career-high 293 yards and two touchdowns on 16 of 23 passing attempts in Saturday's victory over Northwestern.

It was a highly efficient performance from the second-year signal caller on a frigid day in Evanston. The fireworks came when Cooks hit Bennie Fowler on an 87-yard TD in the second quarter. Michigan State has won seven consecutive games, while Northwestern has lost seven straight and will not participate in a bowl game.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 10:33:00 PM

Michigan State sophomore Connor Cook will remain the team's starting QB.

The young passer threw for 202 yards and four touchdown passes in a 55-17 win over Youngstown State, his first start of the season. The Spartans have really struggled to consistently generate a sustainable passing offense, but hopefully Cook can keep it rolling against Indiana.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Michigan State sophomore Connor Cook will start at QB against Youngstown State.

"I thought he had an excellent practice today," head coach Mark Dantonio said. "I thought he showed I guess substance in terms of how he handled the huddle, in terms of his strength in his arm, his passing, etc." Freshman Damion Terry, along with a few other passers, have taken first-team reps, but Cook earns the start for the second straight week.
Source: MLive
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 11:23:00 AM

Michigan State will start sophomore Connor Cook at QB against USF.

It was previously reported that four quarterbacks saw first team reps during the week, but Cook replaces the less than adequate Andrew Maxwell. Expect to see Tyler O'Connor come off the bench. USF struggled last week, but they have a great NFL talent in defensive Aaron Lynch.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 11:49:00 AM