Spring Wrap Up: Quarterbacks

A year later, Michigan State's quarterback situation has much more certainty with Connor Cook at the helm. But what does the rest of the situation look like for the Spartans?

In a year, questions have gone from unanswered to answered for Michigan State at quarterback. Compared to an open battle in the spring last year – that continued into the first month of the season, having the security of being the No. 1 quarterback was Connor Cook's this spring.

The junior quarterback came off a stellar end to his first year as a starter passing for 300 yards or more in the two biggest games of his careers – the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl.

This spring, Cook took ownership of the team and stepped up as a leader. It is hard to fully take the reins of a team when you're stuck in a battle to start until the season already is underway, but Cook has done so now.

He also showed that he can take more steps forward in consistency, as his arm strength and accuracy were pretty solid in the spring game and throughout spring ball.

Behind him is what makes quarterback a position that appears strong for the Spartans. The questions for Mark Dantonio this spring, after all, centered on who was winning the No. 2 spot between Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry.

O'Connor was the second quarterback picked in the spring draft, which Tony Lippett and Taiwan Jones reasoned was for his deeper knowledge of the offense.

Terry was picked next, but made the bigger splash in his limited spring game reps. On his first opportunity, Terry took the ball on a jet sweep for a 23-yard touchdown run. He left the game with an injury, while O'Connor picked it up after an early interception and showed some good skills, including the ability to run. He did have three interceptions, one to open and one to close, but in between was relatively solid.

It remains to be seen what the Spartans will do with Terry come fall and if there will be a special package for him – the spring game did nothing to stop the belief Terry will play in some way.

But this much is clear now, Cook has the job and that is good news for the Spartans after so many questions for so long.


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