Connor Cook’s 2015 NCAA Football Odds QB Profile
The Spartans have been on a hot roll in recent times, but moving to the new Big Ten East division meant things would not be easy. After being at the peak of things in 2013 when they finished the season undefeated in the Big Ten play, won the Big Ten championship game, and brought home their first Rose Bowl since 1988, there was a lot of pressure for them to do better the following season. The 2014 College Football betting season didn’t turn out to be as good as 2013, but they were still impressive, managing an 11–2 overall and 7–1 Big Ten record, thanks mainly to a solid season from QB Connor Cook. To prove that they were a great team, they finished second in the conference to the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship, Ohio State.
Having such a continuity of success, needs a good system, but most of all it takes good players who can work well for the system with a good QB calling the shots. And that’s where Cook comes in, a player who seems to have football coded all over his DNA, something that was clearly evident all the way back from his budding days in Walsh Jesuit High School.
Connor Cook’s NCAA Football Odds QB Profile
After impressing in Walsh Jesuit, Cook was recruited and redshirted in his first year with the Spartans in 2011. Cook was eligible to play the following season, but had to start as a backup to Andrew Maxwell. The benching of Andrew Maxwell in some games that season presented a taste of Cook’s delicacy to football enthusiasts. He only appeared in three games in 2012 as a relief player, but produced some class. For example, he competed 9 of 17 passes for 94 yards, a touchdown and an interception, which helped the Spartans win the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
This season started pretty much the same for him as the previous one, as he had to play as a backup to Maxwell. But one thing that cannot be denied is that the lad was learning and bidding his time to make a mark. Maxwell’s struggles later presented him with a chance he took seriously and efficiently. For a season that was rewarding and memorable, he had 22 touchdowns against just six interceptions, leading the team to two crucial trophies. In addition, the Spartans ended the season with an unbeaten record at home, with just one road loss to Notre Dame. For his role in the team’s success that year, he was named in the All-Big Ten second team.
After leading the Spartans to a victory over the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl and getting named as the offensive Most Valuable Player of the Bowl game in January, Cook took his form to the next season, the 2014-15 season. When the season ended, Cook tallied 24 touchdown passes against 8 interceptions, a feat that saw him named in the All-Big Ten second team for a second season running.
Still More to Come
The 2015 season is poised to be a great one for Connor, given his ambition to break a number of records and the need to impress NFL recruits that will be keenly watching him. Currently, Cook has the third-best All-time career touchdown passes in the school with 47, behind Kirk Cousins (66) and Jeff Smoker (61). His sophomore 22 touchdown record is also third-best, and his junior 24 TDs is second to Cousin’s All-time best record. If he can pull a repeat of his junior season’s passing yard of 3,214, we could see him break Kirk Cousins record of 9,131.
With such records standing as an impetus for one of the greatest quarterbacks the NCAA has ever seen, and the need to avenge the pain of losing to the eventual national champs Ohio State, we could be in for one of the most competitive years the Spartans have ever had, with Cook as the team’s Master Chef!