MSU QB Connor Cook Talks Bye Week, Reflects on Notre Dame and Looks Ahead to Iowa
A: …get the ball in our playmaker’s hands and just take what the defense gives us.
Q: In your accuracy, how much of that is your footwork?
A: Every throw you make is from your feet. If you’re not headed toward the target then you’re not gonna make the throw, rarely. But it all starts in your feet. If you don’t have a good base then you’re not gonna have it up here.
Q: How much work did you get done…
A: Oh, a lot of work.
Q: It’s mainly a summertime thing, but do you feel like you got a lot done?
A: Oh yeah. We do it before practice, after practice. In between drills and stuff like that. Just use as much downtime as you get and work on footwork.
Q: Do you think it was the environment of the first road start that led to some play calling problems or do you think it was just young and inexperienced?
A: Like communication?
A: Probably my first road start and just being in an environment like that, for how loud it was. I’ve never played in a stadium like that before. We had the sound cranked up louder today at practice, last week we had it up louder. And we’ve been doing some other stuff to help work with the noise. But we’re improving this week in practice, as last week. I think we’re gonna be ready for the loudness.
Q: Do you have to trust your legs more in take-off at times? Everyone that watched you in high school knows that’s a gift that you have.
A: Yeah, for sure. And instead of running lateral like I did against Notre Dame, I need to push forward and get the extra yards, and maybe (??) forward. But I need to trust my legs a lot more because I have a lot more potential than I’m showing.
Q: This bye week…did you wish you were playing or were you glad you weren’t?
A: I was glad that we had a bye week. We needed it. Some guys were banged up, this and that. It keeps us fresh. But it was also nice to go back and see my family and stuff like that. But I felt like we needed it before the Big 10 play because I feel like some guys were dinged up here and there and we’re gonna need them.
Q: Did you watch football at home and what games did you watch?
A: Oh yeah. I watched the Ohio State game. I watched the LSU/Georgia game. I watched the Iowa/Minnesota game. I pretty much watched football all day.
Q: Were you watching for enjoyment or were you scouting?
A: If you’re watching a team that you’re gonna play next week like Iowa, obviously you’re looking for some things. But if you’re watching a team like Ohio State then you’re watching for enjoyment. You’re watching guys go out there and make plays and have fun.
Q: What do you think you need to do better?
A: I feel like I need to command more in the huddle and then just be more accurate.
Q: Is it true Connor Kruse has to give you dating advice?
A: No. Okay, maybe once a week.
Q: How was the clam bake?
A: Clam bake was a lot of fun.
Q: Was that your first clam bake?
A: No. We’ve had a lot of clam bakes, ever since I was real little, every year.
Q: Is there comfort now that you know you can make a mistake and know you can still go back in?
A: For sure. We saw in the Youngstown game that it’s all confidence at this position and you can’t be continually looking over your shoulder, thinking that someone else is gonna go in. You just gotta go out there and push everything out of your mind and just focus on the play at hand, and the next play, and just keep working. It’s a calm feeling, it’s reassuring and it just makes me play more within myself.
Q: You guys weren’t necessarily live, but active. Did you take very many hits in the off-week practices? Or was that more for Maxwell or Tyler?
A: I didn’t know that any quarterbacks were… I didn’t think any quarterbacks were live.
Q: No, not live. But Dantonio said active.
A: I didn’t see any quarterbacks get hit, no. Nothing.
Q: When you were trying to win the job, when you were #2, you showed off your arm a lot downfield. Will we see more of that from you or is that based on the play calls?
A: That’s based on the play calls. Against Notre Dame, when we had the 3rd down situations, it wasn’t like we had to throw the ball downfield a whole lot. They were manageable situations…3rd and 3, 3rd and 2, 3rd and 5 (??). But when we throw the ball downfield it’s strictly on the play calls unless I check out or something.