Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook throws during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michael Conroy
December 16, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook says his shoulder issues aren't really holding him back anymore.

Cook says he had been limited in practice, but is now ''pretty much doing everything in practice.''

The third-ranked Spartans play second-ranked Alabama in a national semifinal at the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31.

Cook hurt his throwing shoulder against Maryland on Nov. 14, and he missed a win at Ohio State the following weekend. He threw three touchdown passes in a division-clinching win over Penn State on Nov. 28, but Cook looked like he was off his game when Michigan State beat Iowa a week later for the Big Ten championship.

Cook has thrown for 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions this season.

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