Cook Earns High Praise From Mattison

U-M defensive coordinator Greg Mattison gives high praise for the play of MSU quarterback Connor Cook, as the Wolverines prepare for Michigan State this Saturday. W/Video

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A good offense always starts with its quarterback, and Michigan State has a “good” one in Connor Cook, U-M defensive coordinator Greg Mattison says.

“Connor, he’s a very good quarterback,” Mattison said. “I think the biggest place you see him improved, he doesn’t get sacked. He seems like he gets the ball out quick. He seemed like he know where to go with it. I think his maturity, his year-to-year, he’s a better quarterback. I think he’s very, very good quarterback.”

Through MSU’s first seven games, Cook currently leads the Big Ten with a total QBR of 83.8, which measure a quarterbacks overall efficiency. He has also been sacked only four times, which is least amount among conference starting quarterbacks.

Why is Cook so good at avoiding sacks? Well, Mattison says its’ his knack of being able to read a defense pre and post snap.

“I think he gets a great pre-snap read,” Mattison said. “I think he’s done a great job, what a lot of quarterbacks do, he knows what type of defense you are in prior to the snap. Then when the ball is snapped, I think he sees whether he verified what he saw or didn’t verify what he saw. That being said, there is always a good play to go against that defense.”

Cook has thrown for 1,641 yards this seaosn – at 234.4 yards per game – and has thrown for 16 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions. And leads a Spartan offense that ranks No. 8 in the country at 525 yards per game, and avergaes 47.0 points, both tops in the Big Ten.

“I think for the most part what he has done, I don’t’ evaluate him that way. Just watching him, it seems like he makes great decisions and he’s a done a very good job,” Mattison said.

Michigan (3-4, 1-2 Big Ten) plays at No. 8 MSU (6-1, 3-0) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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