Michigan State Backup QB Connor Cook Talks About the QB Battle
A: Maxwell has the experience. He started all last year. When Coach decided to go with him to start, that was no surprise to me. I think we all had a really, really good camp. Weâ€™re all pushing each other. Maxwell had a good camp, I had a good camp, Oâ€™Connor and Terryâ€¦ Weâ€™re all pushing everyone. But with him choosing Maxwell to start, heâ€™s gonna use me and him both in the game. He didnâ€™t say when he was gonna put me in, but I just gotta be ready.
Q: Are you looking at this as youâ€™re fighting to be in a two quarterback sorta thing or are you still fighting to overtake him and be the starter this year?
A: Iâ€™m just coming out and Iâ€™m giving it everything that I can, in practice and in the games, to win out and be the guy. Everyone comes hereâ€¦ You donâ€™t really wanna split time; you wanna be the guy. And thatâ€™s the dream that I have. I still wanna continue to compete, push the other quarterbacks and when I have the opportunities in the games to showcase what I have, Iâ€™m gonna try and do that. Iâ€™m gonna try and win the job.
Q: Do you see two different packages of stuff that you do that maybe Andrew doesnâ€™t do as well?
A: No, weâ€™re all pretty similar. I think Damion Terry is the most athletic out of all of us. Maxwellâ€™s athletic...heâ€™s showed he has ability to create. Iâ€™ve shown what I have the ability to create, so has Oâ€™Connor. I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any new packages for anyone specifically.
Q: Did the coaches give you any specifics of things that you can work on and improve to climb up the depth chart and maybe get another look?
A: No, they didnâ€™t really say.
Q: Was this a real competition? Do you feel like it was predetermined that it was gonna be him or do you feel like this was something he won in the last month?
A: I really donâ€™t know the answer to that.
Q: In your mind, why was he chosen? What did the coaches tell you afterwards?
A: They just said that Maxwell was chosen due to his experience. He started all last year so he has the experience. Iâ€™ve never started a game. But they decided theyâ€™re gonna use Maxwell and me in the first game. He told Oâ€™Connor and Damion to be ready.
Q: How disappointing was that? Or did you kind of expect it?
A: I wasnâ€™t disappointed. I kind of expected it. I expected to come in and actually see game time. Thatâ€™s what he promised meâ€¦that Iâ€™m gonna come in and play. If thatâ€™s all that I have, that I can come inâ€¦ If Iâ€™m given the opportunity, then I know that Iâ€™m gonna succeed. Iâ€™m gonna make the most out of it.
Q: Was there any point where you felt you had this, like maybe it was your job during fall camp?
A: Um, early on I was working more with the 1â€™s. Then Damion had that really good second scrimmage and then that whole week he was kinda working with the 1â€™s; and then Maxwell and me were working with the 2â€™s. But I feel like the entire time I was pushing the other quarterbacks. I donâ€™t think I lost anything. I think I had a pretty good camp.