After bringing Michigan State back against Texas Christian in last year's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, talk started on who would be the Spartans starting quarterback during the 2013 season. Following preseason camp, not even the Spartans coaching staff as sure if Andrew Maxwell or Connor Cook had what it took to lead the Spartans to a winning record.
That changed when Cook stepped forward in game three against Youngstown State to throw four touchdown passes in the first half in leading the Spartans to a 55-17 victory. While Cook and the Spartans offense sputtered the next week it look as if the Ohio native was going to be given every chance to hold on to the starting job as the Spartans got ready to open Big Ten play against Iowa.
Cook didn't disappoint as he threw for a career-high 277 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans 26-14 win over the Hawkeyes and he's not looked back since finishing regular season play with 2,423 yards passing, 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
With two seasons remaining, Cook will be looked upon to keep the Spartans at the top of the Big Ten.