EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The biggest question heading into spring football for Michigan State’s football team will be who is the heir apparent to Connor Cook at quarterback?
Cook’s final appearance in a Spartan uniform after the loss to Alabama was a brief appearance in the locker room after he conducted a lengthy press conference and wanted no part of speaking to more reporters waiting at his locker.
Spring practice will be very interesting because that’s likely where the battle will be won or lost between Damian Terry and Tyler O’Connor unless a freshman or perhaps Brian Lewerke emerges before the season starts.
O’Connor may be considered the favorite. “There’s gonna be great competition in the spring,” says O’Connor. “I just gotta step up my leadership. it’s hard to lead from the back. Compared to the last two years I just didn’t feel like a leader on this team so I gotta step that up and show that I’m a leader. I feel very confident that there will be very good competition in the spring.”
When asked what the biggest thing he learned from Connor Cook, O’Connor was very clear. “To be a leader. When we came out 10-0 at the beginning of the second half we were as confident as we would of been if we were up 10-0. We’ve had some crazy things happen at Michigan State. Connor never lost hope. He was very confident. He just put his head down and kept rolling until we got the win so that’s the biggest thing I’ll take from him.”