Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/24/12

The soon-to-be redshirt freshman is getting his time to shine a little earlier than expected for the Michigan State Spartans.

Connor Cook will be playing for both the green and white teams in the MSU spring game on April 28th, due to starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell’s sprained knee.

“I’ve been getting double the reps in practice,” Cook said. “Im gonna do my best for both teams.”

The 6-foot-4, 215 pound quarterback said that his chemistry with the receivers started off a little slow but after a couple weeks of practice they have been really “gettin’ in a groove.”

Since Cook can’t necessarily “win” the game on Saturday he still has other goals in mind. He hopes to “have a complete game, be efficient, be accurate, throw a lot of completions, and just go out there and have fun.”

Cook will most likely not start a real game until the 2014-15 season, assuming that Maxwell stays healthy the next two years. But the experience that he is gaining this spring is invaluable for his future as a Spartan quarterback. Not to mention, he is going up against one of the most talented and experienced defenses in the nation.

If we think back to Kirk Cousin’s sophomore season he made numerous mistakes that year, like throwing across his body in the waning minutes at Notre Dame. The ball was intercepted and the game was lost.

Then, as Cousins gained experience throughout the rest of that season and the offseason, he went on to lead the Spartans to the 2010 Big Ten Championship, the 2011 Legends Division Championship, and the 2012 Outback Bowl Championship.

Point being, Cook might make mistakes on Saturday. But the spring game will not be about how many touchdowns and interceptions Cook throws, but rather the experience he gains.

It will be interesting to see if this experience pays off for Cook when, and if, he actually becomes the starting quarterback for the Spartans.

The spring game player draft in the Clara Bell Smith Student Academic Center will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m., where the captains will pick the players for each team.

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