Michigan State QB Connor Cook expects to return for senior season
Asked if he had made up his mind about coming back to MSU, Cook referenced a desire to round out his college career. According to MLive.com:
"Yeah, I've sat down, I've talked to my family, the main goal is obviously to come back,'' Cook said at Spartan Stadium.
"I talked amongst them, I've talk amongst my friends, [talked] with the coaches. I have unfinished business I want to do and I want to accomplish next year, and I think the only way I can do that is if I return.''
Cook led the Spartans to a 10-2 season and a No. 8 ranking in the College Football Playoff rankings. Michigan State will face No. 5 Baylor (11-1) in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, on New Year's Day.
Cook led the Big Ten with 241.7 passing yards per game and was second with a 152.4 passer rating. His six interceptions were also the second-fewest among conference quarterbacks who played more than seven games.
Listed as the No. 32 NFL prospect in MMQB's latest Big Board -- fourth among quarterbacks -- Cook noted a few areas of his game where he sees the need for improvement.
"I think my running ability, obviously, I can be more of a threat running on third down,'' Cook said. "If I drop back and guys are covered, I can scramble and get some yards. Not trying to be a dual threat quarterback by any means, but I can get 4 or 5 yards and be more of a threat with my feet.
"And then I can use the running back more. You look at guys in the NFL, they make a living of throwing to the backs, that's why their completion percentage is so high.
"I feel like I get too locked in throwing to my wideouts and receivers.''
Michigan State's 2015 schedule features a home matchup vs. the Oregon Ducks, currently No. 2 in the Playoff rankings, before Big Ten play begins.
- Mike Fiammetta