Michigan State QB Connor Cook Updates Spartan Nation on the Progress of the Offense This Spring
Q: What are you most pleased with your offense so far this spring? And then what are you most disappointed with?
Connor Cook: I think Iâ€™m most pleased with pretty much everything. The offensive line…theyâ€™re doing a great job catchingâ€¦oh, wow, catchingâ€¦.uh, protecting for me. The receivers are doing an excellent job of getting open and making plays after the catch. Running backs are doing a great job, not just in the running game, but in the pass game. The thing Iâ€™m most disappointed about is probably my interceptions. Iâ€™m not the luckiest guy during this spring.
Q: But you would much prefer to be lucky in the fall than not lucky in the spring, right?
COOK: Exactly, Iâ€™d much rather do that. But I still gottaâ€¦ I wouldnâ€™t say itâ€™s the bad decisions that Iâ€™m making, itâ€™s just the defensive backs are just making great plays. Iâ€™ve only thrown a few, so itâ€™s not like Iâ€™ve thrown a whole bunch.
Q: Do you feel like you got away with some bad passes last year that maybe the defense dropped?
COOK: Most definitely, yes. I feel like a lot of things fell into place last year and luck was really on our side. I wouldnâ€™t say that I put the ball in defensive guysâ€™ hands that oftenâ€¦it happened a couple of timesâ€¦but we just got lucky. So I really donâ€™t even wanna be in that situation come this fall. So thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m mostly focusing on.
Q: Coach talked about Macgarrett being suspended right now. Who else is stepping upâ€¦
COOK: Matt Macksood for sure. Heâ€™s filling in for Macgarrett right now. You see him making plays in the scrimmages, scoring touchdowns, making plays like he just did today in practice. Itâ€™s not just him catching the ball, itâ€™s what heâ€™s doing after the catch. Heâ€™s catching the ball and breaking it for 60 yards, making guys miss. Heâ€™s really, really shifty for his position.
Q: What about the other guys? Sheltonâ€™s had a really good spring too.
COOK: Honestly, everyone at receiver is doing amazing to be honest. Youâ€™ve got Tony and youâ€™ve got Keith doing great. Burbridge is really stepping up. Younger guys like Shelton, Macksood, and then DeAnthonyâ€™s emerging. I feel like weâ€™re really, really deep in that spot. The guys that Iâ€™m working with are in the 1â€™s, and theyâ€™re in the 2â€™s. Some of the guys in the 2â€™s are working with the 1â€™s in the scrimmages. Iâ€™m developing chemistry with the 1â€™s and 2â€™s. So if a guy happens to go down or whatnot, they can separate and just have that chemistry.