Dantonio excited to have Cook as a senior

Michigan State coach confirms decision by Spartans quarterback to return for his senior season in East Lansing, while Shilique Calhoun still is up in the air.

One of Michigan State’s juniors made his decision to leave for the NFL public on Sunday night, while another’s decision to return to school was confirmed Monday.

A day after Trae Waynes decided to forgo his senior year, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said junior quarterback Connor Cook will be back for another year.

”Extremely excited that Connor Cook is coming back for his senior year,” Dantonio said in a season wrap-up teleconference. “You have a quarterback who is a record-setting quarterback who has been an MVP of the Rose Bowl, the Big Ten championship game as a sophomore and has had a very productive year this year as well.

”A second-team all conference a guy coming back to lead your football team is a huge, huge lift for our football team. I think that will pay dividends for him. It will pay dividends for our football team as well.

Dantonio also said junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun still is debating his decision on whether to turn pro or return to school for his senior year.

”Shilique Calhoun is still weighing the possibilities and we are in conversation there,” Dantonio said.

Calhoun is coming off a second straight All-Big Ten season.

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