This time around, the rivalry turns up a notch as Michigan comes to town and the Spartans look to continue their undefeated Big Ten season..
Coach Mark Dantonio said he isn’t concerned as the sophomore enters his first go against the in-state rival Wolverines.
”I have a lot of confidence in him as a player,” Dantonio said. “I think he's resilient. I think he can raise his level of play even further. You're going to play big games. Every game for him has been a big game.”
Cook will start his eighth game in the green and white Saturday and has completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,238 yards and 12 touchdowns, while throwing just two interceptions.
Senior offensive lineman Blake Treadwell said he always has had faith in Cook, but now he has been able to show his talents.
”I know in the Purdue game he took a little step back,” Treadwell said. “Last week I was looking very forward to him showing what he can do for his football team, and he showed what he can do against Illinois. One thing about Connor is if he might make a mistake he will totally forget about it and move to the next play…
”Connor Cook has shown some resiliency this year, and we can continue to look forward to this next game.”
Coming off the school record setting 15 of 16 passing performace against Illinois, the ante now gets raised for Cook.
”It's going to be exciting for him, and he's going to have some anxiety there, but he'll play himself through that,” Dantonio said. “After the first snap basically everybody just sort of gets down to business and plays. …
”I'm looking forward to seeing him play and watching him and watching him grow, and I think this is another opportunity for him to grow as a quarterback in this program.”