Cook is a quarterback for the Michigan State University Spartans of the Big Ten Conference Connor. He emerged as their leader on offense in 2013.
Cook attended Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He threw for 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns during his senior season. He also ran the ball for 443 yards and five scores. Cook comes from an athletic family as his father Chris played football at Indiana and his mother Donna played basketball at Cincinnati. Meanwhile his sister Jackie played basketball at Old Dominion. MaxPreps.com named him the ninth best pro-style quarterback prospect in the nation coming out of high school in 2010.
Cook redshirted at MSU in 2011. He participated in three games in 2012 and threw one touchdown pass. His first career TD pass came against TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The scoring drive he led in the bowl game of 14 plays, 90 yards, was the longest of the season for MSU and their longest ever in a bowl game. He also led the Spartans on the drive that would set up their game-winning field goal. In 2013 Cook emerged as a star in the Big Ten as the Spartans won the Big Ten title.
He compiled a record of 12-1 and was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team by the coaches and was an Honorable Mention pick by the media. Cook threw for 2,755 yards and 22 touchdowns while getting picked off six times. His 22 TD passes tied for second in MSU history for TD passes in one season. Among starting quarterbacks, his six interceptions were tied for the least amount of picks in the conference. In the 100th Rose Bowl game, Cook was named the offensive MVP as he threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ victory over Stanford.
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