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Connor Cook | Quarterback

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/29/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218

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Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook (shoulder) tossed three touchdown passes in a 55-16 pasting of Penn State on Saturday that punched the school's ticket into the Big Ten championship game.
He finished 19-for-26 for 248 yards with no interceptions in a gem of a performance. NFL evaluators will come back to this one several times during the evaluation, as it was Cook at his best. Coming off a shoulder injury that shelved him last week against Ohio State, Cook was nearly flawless against a very good (today notwithstanding) Penn State defense. He was patient, worked through progressions, made quick and intelligent decisions and got rid of the ball quickly. The 11-1 Spartans will meet the 12-0 Iowa Hawkeyes next week in a Big 10 Championship Game that mine as well be considered a Playoff play-in game. Nov 28 - 8:11 PM

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Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook will start against Penn State.

Cook was considered a game-time decision with a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for most of the last two weeks. Evaluators will get to watch Cook attempt to handle Penn State's pass rushers, and see him on the same field as Christian Hackenberg. Interceptions could ensue.
Nov 28 - 3:18 PM

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday that junior QB Connor Cook (shoulder) is likely to be a game-time decision Saturday against Penn State.

The Spartans are currently listing Cook and Tyler O'Connor as co-starters. "We'll see how it shakes out," Dantonio said. Michigan State has been shielding information about Cook's status like they're protecting war time secrets. It's entirely possible that the injury is more serious than is being let on.
Nov 24 - 5:38 PM

Michigan State lists Connor Cook and Tyler O'Connor as co-QB starters ahead of this weekend's game against Penn State.

Ty'er O'Connor as played the majority of the last two contests, and helped Michigan State beat Ohio State by playing the entire game. Cook, the school's starter for almost three seasons, is dealing with an apparent shoulder injury. Penn State's defensive line is the most talented part of their team, so obviously quarterback health is paramount.
Nov 24 - 11:25 AM

Michigan State QB Tyler O'Connor started against Ohio State, with Connor Cook standing on the sideline.

Cook was considered a game-time decision all week despite the quarterback claiming every day he would start. Cook was seen throwing passes before the game, but with a limited amount of zip. Cook's shoulder injury could be more serious than he and the school have admitted.
Nov 21 - 3:46 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that some NFL scouts "don’t even rank" Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "as the top senior signal caller in the nation, never mind a first round pick."

"Cook is a great arm talent, no doubt, as he’s able to make all the throws to just about any point on the field. His accuracy and pass placement are another thing altogether. All too often Cook needlessly has targets reaching back or leaving their feet to make receptions which results in lost opportunities after the catch," Pauline wrote. Unfortunately, The Michigan State prospect draws a tough Buckeyes secondary on Saturday, which is loaded with next level talent. In order for Cook to make a believer out evaluators, he'll have to show he can come up big to improve on his draft stock.
Nov 20 - 3:52 PM

NFL scouts want to see "improved decision-making on downfield throws" from Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Playing in a pro-style scheme that doesn't emphasize high-percentage passes, Cook seems to make a handful of head-scratching pass attempts each game and with the tight passing windows that he will face at the next level, Cook won't be able to get away with that in the NFL," Brugler wrote. The Michigan State prospect has a chance to give his draft stock a major boost with a solid outing against the Buckeyes. In his last two outings versus Ohio State, Cook has passed for a 662 yards and five touchdowns combined.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 19 - 2:27 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook (shoulder) said he's "good to go" for Saturday's game at Ohio State.

"My shoulder is good," he said. "I’m going to be ready to go, so there is no issue with that." There was never really any doubt, as Cook has been re-affirming this stance since he suffered the injury on Saturday. The Spartans also released their weekly depth chart listing Cook as the sole starting quarterback for Ohio State. This is a pivotal game for Cook's NFL evaluation. Recall that the gunslinger threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns last year against the Buckeyes. "He’s a competitor, he will play," Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash said Monday. "We are not wasting a lot of time (on checking for updates of Cook’s health). He’s going to be there, we know that. That’s not really a concern of ours. If he’s not, we’ll move on and we’ll have a plan for whoever is in there."
Nov 17 - 8:38 PM

Michigan State senior Connor Cook is listed as the school's sole starter at QB for Saturday's game against Ohio State.

This means Cook will likely be ready to play against the Buckeyes. Cook exited last week's contest against Maryland with a shoulder injury, and Tyler O'Connor stepped in admirably for the injured longtime starter. Cook threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns last season against Ohio State.
Nov 17 - 11:22 AM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook (throwing shoulder) says he will play next week against Ohio State.

Cook sustained the injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of Saturday's win over Maryland. "I’ll be fine to go next week," Cook said. "I’ll be good." Cook wanted to return to the game but that plan was vetoed, so the entire second half belonged to backup Tyler O'Connor. The senior did concede that he still felt pain, so monitor this situation closely over the next five days.
Nov 15 - 3:56 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook finished Saturday's 24-7 win over Maryland on the sideline with a shoulder injury.

Cook completed 6 of 20 attempts for 77 yards and an interception after entering the game (he did not start). Cook then landed on his shoulder after a pass and was in obvious pain. He tried to continue but was visibly impacted and grimacing. He sat the rest of the way. Michigan State faces Ohio State next weekend.
Nov 14 - 3:33 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook did not earn the start against Maryland, with junior Tyler O'Connor starting in his place.

As of now, the reasoning for Cook's "benching" is unknown. O'Connor led Michigan State to a touchdown on the first drive. Who knows if Cook will return on the second drive or the second quarter or even the second half. The answer will likely be given after this game.
Nov 14 - 12:24 PM

Michigan State QB Connor Cook has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris has heard that Cook is no lock to accept the invitation. A number of big name quarterbacks have turned down the event in recent years, including Geno Smith, A.J. McCarron, Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota. Cook still has plenty to prove, but to his credit there is a large amount of "pro style" tape for evaluators to breakdown. As we found at last year, scouts love that "pro style" stuff.
Nov 11 - 10:40 AM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook completed 23-of-37 passes for 335 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 39-38 upset loss to Nebraska.

Cook's thrown four touchdown passes in each of his last two games. Unfortunately, he made a rare mental mistake on his final pass of the game, throwing the ball out of bounds as time expired to eliminate any slim chance of victory. Boneheaded play aside, the 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior is considered one of the best quarterback prospects in the country. He's passed for 2,405 yards (58.1% completions) with a 21/3 TD/INT ratio over nine games. Given his recent production, those in daily leagues should feel safe inserting him into their lineups down the stretch.
Nov 8 - 10:45 AM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook leads the list of top QB prospects in air yard percentage (73.9%).

This means Cook is receiving very little help from his receivers in terms of yards after catch. This could be chalked up to a variety of factors. One, Michigan State’s receivers might not have after catch ability. Two, Michigan State runs a traditional offense, which does not maximize spacing and numbers like other collegiate offenses might. Or three, Cook's (in)accuracy limits yards after catch situations.
Source: Rotoworld
Nov 5 - 10:23 AM