Indispensable Spartan No. 3

SpartanDigest takes a look at the most indispensable players for Michigan State this season. No. 3 is the Spartans' now second-year starting quarterback.

Connor Cook

The Details

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 218 pounds

Position: Quarterback

2013 season

Cook emerged from a long quarterback battle to win the starting spot and his development was quite remarkable. He went from an iffy player early in the season to a Big Ten Championship Game and Rose Bowl MVP. He had an undefeated Big Ten season and threw for 2,755 yards and 22 touchdowns – to just six interceptions – last season.


Cook put together an impressive sophomore campaign with good numbers, especially when you consider he was not the full-time starter for the first couple games. He figures to take a jump in consistency this season, which will be necessary for him to have a similar season to 2012 if not better. With footwork improvements and better decision making, Cook could play himself into a first-team All-Big Ten selection. The talk around Cook this preseason camp was being the starter and having the job and that figures to only help take his game to another level now that he has the confidence and the mentality of being the QB1 at Michigan State.

No. 15 Lawrence Thomas

No. 14 Mike Sadler

No. 13 R.J. Shelton

No. 12 Travis Jackson

No. 11 Marcus Rush

No. 10 Aaron Burbridge

No. 9 Jack Allen

No. 8 Tony Lippett

No. 7 Jeremy Langford

No. 6 Taiwan Jones

No. 5 Trae Waynes

No. 4 Jack Conklin

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