MSU QB preview: Cook still has room to grow as senior

The 2015 Michigan State football team is scheduled to report for preseason camp Aug. 7, four weeks before the Sept. 4 opener at Western Michigan. This is the first in a series of breakdowns of each position group before camp begins for an expected preseason top-10 team. Today: quarterbacks.

Last season: The lasting image of the 2015 season is of Connor Cook on the Cotton Bowl sideline, overcome with emotion after a winning touchdown pass to Keith Mumphery — after it looked like his ill-advised interception would end MSU’s comeback hopes against Baylor. That game summed up Cook. He’s clutch and fearless, but he still has room to grow. He made progress as a fourth-year junior, leading the Big Ten in passing (247.2 yards per game) and finishing second in the nation with 15.2 yards per completion. He had 24 touchdowns and eight picks, but his completion percentage dipped from 58.7% as a sophomore to 58.1% as a junior. He was not at his absolute best in the season’s two losses, to Oregon and Ohio State. Still, he was a potential first-round pick if he left, and that’s where he’s expected to land in the 2016 draft. – Read more at Freep.com

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