With Big Ten Media Days coming up, SpartanDigest is taking a look at the five storylines around Michigan State to pay attention to.
Next up: Connor Cook’s approach
A season ago, the Spartans had battles across the offense, but Connor Cook eventually won out the quarterback spot and led the Spartans to their best season in a long, long time.
He grew through the year and took control of the offense and surprised a lot of people – myself included.
Now, Cook is established as the starter and is entrenched in that No. 1 spot, which brings with it new challenges. He is coming to Chicago as the face of the offense and, as the quarterback, the face of the whole team. Leadership demands are higher, as are expectations.
So far, everything that has been seen indicates Cook is ready for the added responsibilities of being the quarterback of the reigning Rose Bowl champs. He has put in the offseason work, went back out to work with quarterback guru George Whitfield, was a coach at the Elite 11 and so on.
All that remains is seeing how that work translates into another season as the starter, which likely includes seeing packages with Damion Terry in the mix. It also will be worth watching how his leadership has developed, as body language after negative plays and bouncing back after bad plays are big parts of being a quarterback.