Michigan State’s 2015 roster features 29 players from Ohio, including seven who started in the Spartans’ 17-14 victory over the No. 2 Buckeyes.
Michael Geiger kicked a game-winning field in the final seconds to overcome the Buckeyes.
Michigan State has compiled an impressive 21-6 record in November under head coach Mark Dantonio.
Calhoun one of 20 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award; Cook one of 17 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award and one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award.
Cook set an MSU single-game record for total offense in the win over Indiana.
Jack Allen, Shilique Calhoun, Darien Harris and Connor Cook talk about the first day of spring practice
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Ohio State.
The Spartans traveled to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights on Saturday night.
NCAA Football: Michigan State squares off against Purdue at Spartan Stadium.
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Central Michigan.
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Air Force.
• HEISMAN TROPHY & ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE
• THREE-YEAR STARTER OWNS A 32-4 (.889) CAREER RECORD
• WINNINGEST ACTIVE QB IN NCAA FBS
• MSU'S ALL-TIME WINNINGEST QB
• OWNS MSU RECORD FOR MOST CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASSES (68)
• JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD FINALIST (ONE OF FIVE)
• DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD SEMIFINALIST (ONE OF 17)
• MAXWELL AWARD SEMIFINALIST (ONE OF 20)
• NAMED TO WATCH LISTS FOR WALTER CAMP AND MANNING AWARDS
• MIDSEASON ALL-BIG TEN (ESPN.COM)
CAREER NOTES (Updated through Nov. 14): Three-year letterwinner has started the last 36 games at quarterback for the Spartans (32-4 record; 21-2 vs. Big Ten opponents; 20-2 Big Ten regular-season games; 2-0 bowl games) . . . ranks tied for first among NCAA FBS active quarterbacks in wins (32), along with Stanford's Kevin Hogan . . . ranks first among FBS active quarterbacks in winning percentage (.889) with a minimum of 24 starts . . . surpassed Kirk Cousins for the most wins by a Spartan starting QB in school history in the Purdue game in Week 5 (Cousins had a 27-12 record from 2009-11) . . . in 40 career games, has completed 58 percent of his passes (619-of-1073) for 8,545 yards, 68 touchdowns and 19 interceptions . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in touchdown passes (first with 68), 300-yard passing games (tied for first with 10), 200-yard passing games (second with 24), total offense (second with 8,775 yards), passing efficiency (third with 142.0 rating), passing yards (third with 8,545), pass attempts (third with 1,073), pass completions (third with 619), and pass completion percentage (tied for ninth at .577) . . . among active NCAA FBS quarterbacks, ranks among the leaders in touchdown passes (fifth with 68), passing yards (sixth with 8,545), total offense (ninth at 8,775 total yards), passing yards per game (22nd at 213.6 ypg.) and passing efficiency (25th with 142.0 rating) . . . tied a school record, shared with Kirk Cousins and Drew Stanton, by throwing for a touchdown pass in 16 straight games (streak snapped at Maryland on Nov. 15, 2014) . . . rated No. 1 quarterback to watch in 2015, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com . . . top-ranked player by NFL.com among the top 15 senior prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft . . . listed as one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates for 2015 by Sporting News and Mike Huguenin of NFL.com . . . has two winning streaks which rank among the longest by a Spartan starting quarterback in school history (12 from Nov. 15, 2014 to Oct. 24, 2015 is second longest; 11 from Oct. 5, 2013, to Aug. 29, 2014 is third longest; record: Al Dorow, 15 in 1950-51) . . . along with Dan Enos, is one of only two Spartan quarterbacks to win two bowl games as the starting QB (Cook: 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton; Enos: 1989 Aloha, 1990 Sun) . . . also came off the bench to lead the Spartans on a game-winning drive in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU . . . has led the Spartans to three straight fourth-quarter comebacks in bowl games . . . in three postseason bowl appearances, owns MSU career records for passing yards (693) and TD passes (5) . . . has led the Spartans to a 4-1 record against AP Top 10 teams and 7-3 vs. AP Top 25 teams . . . has led the Spartans to five fourth-quarterback comeback victories (2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. TCU; 2013 vs. Ohio State in Big Ten Championship Game; 2014 Rose Bowl vs. Stanford; 2015 Cotton Bowl vs. Baylor; 2015 vs. Michigan).
2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Chosen as one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award . . . named one of 17 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award (nation's best quarterback) . . . selected one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award (college player of the year) . . . Midseason All-Big Ten selection by ESPN.com . . . ranks among the Big Ten leaders in touchdown passes (tied for first with 21), passing efficiency (second with 143.0 rating), passing (third with 248.2 ypg.), and total offense (third with 255.9 ypg.) . . . his four interceptions are tied for the second fewest by a Big Ten starting quarterback . . . has completed 56 percent of his passes (175-of-311) for 2,482 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions . . . with 21 TDs already in 2015, is just three away from tying his career high of 24 last season and four away from tying Kirk Cousins (25) for the most in a Spartan single-season . . . threw for more than 300 yards in a school-record four consecutive games (367 vs. Rutgers; 328 vs. Michigan; career-high 398 vs. Indiana; 335 vs. Nebraska) . . . in Big Ten games, is averaging 274.0 yards per game passing and has completed 114-of-206 throws (.553) for 12 TDs and three interceptions . . . saw limited action in the first half vs. Maryland due to a shoulder injury and sat out the second half for precautionary reasons; had his 12-game streak with a passing touchdown come to a close and was 6-of-20 passing for 77 yards and one interception . . . tied a career high with four touchdown passes at Nebraska to set a new Michigan State career record with 68, passing Cousins . . . completed 23-of-37 passes for 335 yards and one interception along with his four TDs, and set a school record with his fourth straight 300-yard passing game; his 335 passing yards were the most ever by a Spartan QB against Nebraska . . . named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after setting a school record with 416 yards of total offense and throwing for a career-high 398 yards in Michigan State's 52-26 win over Indiana . . . also set career highs for pass completions (30) and pass attempts (52) against the Hoosiers and tied his career best with four touchdown passes . . . produced some of the top single-game passing totals in school history against the Hoosiers: completions (tied for sixth with 30), pass attempts (sixth with 52), passing yards (second with 398) and TD passes (tied for second with 4); the 398 passing yards were just two shy of MSU's single-game record (Bill Burke, 400, vs. Michigan in 1999) . . . his effort against the Hoosiers was also named one of the "Great Eight" performances of the week by the Davey O'Brien Award . . . became just the second Spartan starting quarterback to defeat Michigan three consecutive times (Kirk Cousins, 2009-11) in MSU's 27-23 triumph at Michigan Stadium in Week 7; threw his 60th career touchdown pass with a 30-yard pass to Macgarrett Kings Jr. in the third quarter and completed 18-of-39 passes overall for 328 yards, marking his eighth career 300-yard passing game . . . threw for a career-high 367 yards - the fourth-highest single-game total in school history - while completing 24-of-39 passes for two touchdowns and one interception in the win at Rutgers; with the scored tied at 24 with 4:16 to play, engineered a 10-play, 76-yard game-winning touchdown drive to give MSU the 31-24 victory; was 2-of-3 passing for 39 yards on the drive, including a 29-yard third-down completion to R.J. Shelton . . . his showing against the Scarlet Knights was named one of the "Great 8" performances of the week by the Davey O'Brien Award . . . became the winningest quarterback in school history in the victory over Purdue, surpassing Kirk Cousins' previous record of 27; was 13-of-19 passing for 139 yards and one TD, and also rushed for a career-high 48 yards on five carries (9.6 avg.) against the Boilermakers . . . completed 11-of-19 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown against Central Michigan . . . matched his career high with four touchdown passes and completed 15-of-23 throws for 247 yards against Air Force . . . was 20-of-32 passing for 192 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the victory over No. 7 Oregon . . . named fourth game captain against the Ducks . . . threw two touchdowns and completed 15-of-31 passes for 256 yards in the season opener at Western Michigan.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors (coaches and media) for the second year in a row . . . became first Spartan quarterback to garner back-to-back second-team All-Big Ten laurels . . . also a second-team All-Big Ten pick by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . named one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award (collegiate player of the year) and one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award . . . offensive recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year . . . ranked first in the Big Ten in passing (247.2 ypg.) . . . ranked second in the NCAA FBS in passing yards per completion (15.2) . . . ranked second in the Big Ten and 19th in the FBS in passing efficiency (149.4 rating) . . . also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in passing yards (first with 3,214), touchdown passes (second with 24), total offense (third with 253.4 ypg.) and completion percentage (sixth at .581) . . . also had two rushing TDs . . . ranked among MSU's single-season leaders in TD passes (second with 24), passing yards (third with 3,214 yards), passing yards per game (third with 247.2 ypg.), 200-yard passing games (tied for third with 10), passing efficiency (fifth with 149.4 rating), pass attempts (sixth with 365) and pass completions (ninth with 212) . . . recorded his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season and sixth of his career, completing 24-of-42 throws for 314 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor . . . the 314 passing yards were the fourth-highest single-game total in Cotton Bowl and MSU bowl history . . . with 314 passing yards against the Bears, became just the fifth QB in Spartan history to eclipse the 6,000-yard career milestone . . . the 24 completions (second) and 42 pass attempts (third) rank among the top single-game bowl totals in Spartan history . . . in the fourth quarter, connected on 9-of-15 passes for 179 yards, including scoring strikes of 8 yards to Josiah Price and 10 yards to Keith Mumphery, in leading MSU's 20-point comeback win . . . led the Big Ten in conference games in passing (257.9 ypg.) . . . threw for at least 200 yards in seven of eight Big Ten games . . . completed 13-of-25 throws for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception at Penn State . . . recorded his seventh straight 200-yard passing game (254 yards) while completing 16-of-24 throws for two touchdowns vs. Rutgers . . . had 240 passing yards on 14-of-31 throws at Maryland; had his school-record 16-game streak with at least one touchdown pass come to an end against the Terrapins . . . threw for a career-high 358 yards on 25-of-45 throws in the loss to No. 14 Ohio State; the 358 yards were the fifth most in a single game in MSU history and second most against Ohio State . . . fired two touchdown passes vs. OSU (15 yards to Mumphery, 16 yards to Price) to tie a school record with 16 straight games with at least one touchdown pass . . . completed 12-of-22 throws for 227 yards and one TD in MSU's second straight win over Michigan . . . completed 24-of-32 passes for 332 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the 56-17 victory at Indiana; was named a "Star of the Week" by The Manning Award . . . threw three touchdown passes and was 19-of-37 passing for 238 yards at Purdue . . . was 11-of-29 passing for 234 yards, one touchdown (55 yards to Tony Lippett) and one interception vs. No. 19 Nebraska . . . in limited action for the second straight game, threw two touchdown passes on 8-of-12 throws for 126 yards against Wyoming; also had a 1-yard TD run on fourth-and-goal during the game's first series . . . in limited action, completed 5-of-6 passes for 83 yards and two TDs vs. Eastern Michigan; also had three carries for 11 yards, including a 4-yard TD run against the Eagles . . . established career highs for completions (29) and pass attempts (47) while throwing for 343 yards at No. 3 Oregon; had two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Ducks . . . completed 12-of-13 passes (.923) for 285 yards and three touchdowns, including TD throws of 71 and 64 yards to Lippett, in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Posted a 12-1 record as the starting quarterback . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . also earned All-Big Ten accolades from ESPN.com (second team) and Athlon Sports (second team) . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . completed 59 percent of his passes (223-of-380) for 2,755 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions . . . ranked among MSU's single-season leaders in touchdown passes (tied for third with 22), pass attempts (fourth with 380), total offense (fifth with 2,831 yards), passing yards (sixth with 2,755), pass completions (tied for sixth with 223) and passing yards per game (15th with 196.8 ypg.) . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in touchdown passes (tied for second with 22), pass completions (third with 223), passing yards (fourth with 2,755), passing (fifth with 196.8 ypg.), total offense (sixth with 202.2 ypg.) and passing efficiency (eighth with 135.5 rating) . . . tied for the fewest interceptions (6) among starting Big Ten quarterbacks . . . finished No. 20 in the Big Ten postseason player rankings by ESPN.com . . . was presented the 2013 Collegiate Athlete of the Year Award at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards . . . recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award (offense) and Tommy Love Award (most improved player: offense) . . . ranked fourth in conference play in passing (213.5 ypg.) and sixth with 12 TD passes . . . produced eight 200-yard passing games, tying for fourth most in an MSU single-season, and two 300-yard passing games . . . named Offensive MVP of the 100th Rose Bowl Game after completing 22-of-36 passes for a season-high 332 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as MSU defeated No. 5 Stanford . . . also named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team . . . his 25-yard pass to Lippett at the 13:22 mark in the fourth quarter put MSU on top 24-17 and proved to be the game-winner in the 24-20 victory . . . had a 2-yard TD toss to Trevon Pendleton in the closing seconds of the second quarter . . . connected on seven passes of at least 20-plus yards against the Cardinal, including a game-long 60-yarder to Bennie Fowler in the third quarter . . . named Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Championship Game after throwing for 304 yards on 24-of-40 passing with three touchdowns and one interception in leading the Spartans past No. 2 Ohio State . . . delivered TD passes of 72 yards to Mumphery, 33 yards to Lippett, and 9 yards to Price . . . named ESPN.com Big Ten Player of the Week (Dec. 7 vs. Ohio State) . . . his showing against the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game was listed as the No. 2 individual performance in the Big Ten during the 2013 season by ESPN.com . . . completed 10-of-20 passes for 143 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Minnesota . . . threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-23 passing in win at Northwestern that clinched the Big Ten Legends Division title; his 87-yard TD completion to Fowler in the second quarter tied for the fourth-longest reception in school history . . . was 15-of-31 passing for 193 yards and a touchdown in win at Nebraska; was 8-of-14 for 133 yards on third down against the Huskers . . . completed 18-of-33 throws for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Michigan; his 14-yard TD strike to Fowler in the back, right corner of the end zone with 23 seconds left in the first half gave Michigan State the lead for good at 13-6; also rushed for a 1-yard score against the Wolverines . . . went 15-of-16 passing for 208 yards and three TDs at Illinois; his .938 completion percentage established a school single-game record (minimum 10 completions) and is the seventh best in Big Ten history . . . finished the Illinois game with 11 straight completions for 185 yards . . . threw a 47-yard TD pass to Mumphery in the fourth quarter; also connected on a 29-yard TD pass to Fowler and a 13-yard TD pass to Price . . . completed 13-of-25 passes for 107 yards in win over Purdue . . . hit 22-of-31 throws for 235 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, against Indiana; threw TD passes of 11 yards to Jeremy Langford and 34 yards to Fowler in the second quarter; completed passes to 11 different receivers total against the Hoosiers . . . completed 25-of-44 passes while throwing for 293 yards in road win at Iowa in his first Big Ten start; threw two touchdown passes (46 yards to Macgarrett Kings Jr., 37 yards to Fowler) against the Hawkeyes . . . the 277 passing yards were the second most by a Spartan QB against Iowa . . . completed 16-of-32 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . recorded his first career 200-yard passing game in the win over Youngstown State, throwing for 202 yards and a career-best four touchdown passes; became the first Spartan QB to throw four TD passes in a game since Brian Hoyer against Penn State in 2007 . . . tied a Michigan State record by throwing four TDs in the first half (Drew Stanton vs. Illinois in 2005; Bill Burke vs. Iowa in 1999) . . . threw TD passes of 13 yards to Andre Sims Jr., 12 to Pendleton, 24 to Kings and 17 to Fowler . . . also finished with 227 total yards (202 passing and 25 rushing) against the Penguins . . . was 6-of-11 passing for 32 yards in leading MSU to a win over South Florida in his first career start at quarterback.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Back-up quarterback appeared in three games (Central Michigan, Iowa, TCU) to earn his first letter . . . completed 9-of-17 throws for 94 yards, one touchdown and one interception . . . came off the bench to complete 4-of-11 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory over TCU . . . capped a 14-play, 90-yard drive with his first career TD pass, a 15-yard strike to Aaron Burbridge late in the third quarter; the 14-play, 90-yard scoring march marked MSU's longest touchdown drive of the season and its longest in bowl history . . . on MSU's final drive of the game, was 2-of-5 passing for 26 yards while leading the Spartans on an eight-play, 45-yard scoring drive, capped by Dan Conroy's game-winning 47-yard field goal with 1:01 remaining that put MSU ahead for good in the 17-16 win . . . was 5-of-6 passing for 47 yards and one interception in his collegiate debut at Central Michigan . . . also saw brief action vs. Iowa . . . gained valuable experience during spring practice and took most of the reps with the No. 1 offense after starter Andrew Maxwell suffered a sprained knee in mid-April . . . played for both teams in the Green-White spring game, completing 20-of-45 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Minnesota.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Threw a 28-yard touchdown pass for the Ohio All-Stars in the 2011 Big 33 Classic in Hershey, Pennsylvania . . . also completed a 26-yard TD pass in the April 22 Ohio North-South Classic in Columbus . . . ranked among the nation's top pro-style quarterbacks by MaxPreps.com (No. 9) and Rivals.com (No. 13) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 90) . . . also named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 30) . . . two-year starter for Coach Gerry Rardin at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio . . . Associated Press All-Northeast Inland District (Division II) first-team selection as a senior . . . named team's Most Valuable Offensive Back after accounting for 2,143 total yards and 20 touchdowns in 2010 . . . completed 116-of-199 throws (.583) for 1,700 yards, 15 TDs and seven interceptions as a senior . . . rushed 79 times for 443 yards (5.6 avg.) and five scores in 2010 . . . accounted for a career-best 317 total yards and five TDs in the season finale at Toledo Bowsher, connecting on 16-of-24 passes for 267 yards and four TDs plus rushing four times for 50 yards and a score in a 55-0 victory over the Rebels . . . hit 14-of-28 tosses for 201 yards and a score plus added a rushing TD in the 2010 season opener vs. Louisville . . . produced 1,303 total yards and 11 TDs as a junior . . . completed 77-of-161 throws (.478) for 1,160 yards and nine TDs . . . also carried 33 times for 143 yards (4.3 avg.) and two scores . . . son of Chris and Donna Cook . . . father played football at Indiana (tight end; lettered 1982-84) . . . mother Donna played basketball at Cincinnati . . . sister Jackie played basketball at Old Dominion . . . born Jan. 29, 1993 . . . majoring in media and information.
COOK'S CAREER HIGHS
Pass Attempts: 52, vs. Indiana (10/24/15)
Pass Completions: 30, vs. Indiana (10/24/15)
Passing Yards: 398, vs. Indiana (10/24/15)
Passing TDs: 4, three times (last vs. Indiana, 10/24/15)