Michigan St hosts upset-minded Jacksonville St

This is no ordinary tuneup for Michigan State. The eighth-ranked Spartans open the season Friday night against Jacksonville State of the Ohio Valley Conference, but the Gamecocks are hardly pushovers. They reached the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision last year and are only a few seasons removed from a road win over a Southeastern Conference team. Their 49-48...
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Big Ten football picks

I think this will be one of the better Big Tens we’ve seen in the past decade or so, but I’m not sure there is an elite team in the league. There should be depth, and that could set things up for a strong 2015, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Ohio State is rebuilding on defense, but that unit could hardly be worse than it was when the ’13 season concluded, so it’s...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Football: A quick look at Jacksonville State

School: Jacksonville State University Mascot: Gamecocks Location: Jacksonville, Alabama Conference: Ohio Valley Conference (FCS) The Michigan State football team opens up the 2014 season against FCS opponent Jacksonville State under the Friday night lights at Spartan Stadium. Let’s take a look at the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State. Head Coach: John Grass Grass is in his first...
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 College Football Preview: Big Ten

Hey Big Ten fans! Thanks for taking time out from pretending you work at a farm or steel mill because you're so blue collar and checking in on your lunch break at a booming midwestern tech company. You're just in time for our (incredibly delayed) preseason look at the Big Ten...where the league finally ditched the "Leaders" and "Legends" but had to pick...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State football: 2014 season preview and predictions

The 2014 Michigan State football season is upon us, as the No. 8 Spartans are set to kick off the season at home against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET. With the season drawing closer and closer every day, the Michigan State staff at isportsweb has put together a season preview and predictions article for the 2014 season. Below are the thoughts of Matt...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Spartans Versus Oregon Ducks Preview

With the 2014-15 season starting next Saturday, all eyes in Eugene are on the Oregon Ducks’ September 6 matchup with Michigan State at Autzen Stadium – a game which could potentially be Oregon’s toughest of the season. Of the Ducks’ 12 games this season, they are facing four teams in the pre-season top-25: #7 UCLA, #11 Stanford and #25 Washington. The Ducks have not lost...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

MSU QB Connor Cook still has a tremendous chip on his shoulder

Being a Michigan State fan means having always having a chip on your shoulder. Actually, that chip defines them. It’s like being a Chicago White Sox fan. In that fan base, the chip is also the defining characteristic. Whether it’s the Chicago Cubs in the case of the latter, or Michigan and now Ohio State in the case of the former, there’s always a “favorite” to define yourself...
Via The Sports Bank
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State’s Connor Cook Tries To Emulate Tom Brady ‘Even Though He Went To Michigan’

A Michigan State football player is a big fan of a former Michigan quarterback. In this situation, though, most people will likely let that slide.  It’s common for a college football quarterback to try to emulate an NFL QB. They’ll study their game tape, watching how they slice up defenses, how they adapt to different packages thrown at them.  For Connor Cook, the Spartans’...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Connor Cook Does NaeNae Dance While Being Interviewed By Shilique Calhoun At B1G Media Day

Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Shilique Calhoun were in Chicago representing the Spartans at Monday’s Big Ten Media Day. The reigning Big Ten Champions had a bit of downtown during the event, which led to some NaeNae dancing from the quarterback while being interviewed by Calhoun. [Big Ten Network Instagram] The post Connor Cook Does NaeNae Dance While Being Interviewed By...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Spartans' QB Connor Cook still hungry after feasting in 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- I'm having a hard time remembering an athlete more determined to avoid complacency than Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook. He had a stunning, breakout year in 2013 despite beginning the season on the bench. First, he had to unseat starter Andrew Maxwell and then hold off highly-recruited freshman Damion Terry for the job. But he got better each week...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State football: Cook named to Davey O’Brien watch list

Connor Cook’s successful 2013 season has earned him preseason accolades in 2014. What a difference a year makes. A year ago Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook was fighting for playing time against senior Andrew Maxwell. But after going 12-1 in 13 starts as a sophomore, throwing for 2755 yards, 22 touchdowns and only six interceptions en route to leading the Spartans to Big...
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State Football position battle: Quarterback

What a difference a year makes. At this time last year there was little to no certainty as to who would be at the helm of the Michigan State offense. It wasn’t really until the start of the Big Ten season that MSU had decided on a signal caller. This year there is no doubt that it is Connor Cook’s team from the start. The only thing to be decided in fall camp is who will be the...
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Michigan State football take next step in 2014?

“You will be the ones.” That is what Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio said to his team before the start of the 2013 season. What Coach Dantonio was referring to of course was snapping the Spartans long Rose Bowl drought and getting to Pasadena for the first time in 26 years. It turns out that he was correct, they were “the ones.” Not only did the 2013 Spartans...
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State selling Connor Cook’s football jersey at their student store (Photo)

Even though the NCAA no longer sells the jerseys of their “student athletes” on their official website, Michian State is still cashing in by selling the jersey of quarterback Connor Cook at their student store. The post Michigan State selling Connor Cook’s football jersey at their student store (Photo) appeared first on...
Via NCAA Football Zone
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU Football: Biggest questions going into 2014 season

Despite going 13-1 last season and winning the first Rose Bowl for Michigan State in over a half-century, there is still some uncertainty surrounding the MSU football team. Many key seniors have departed, and the current players are still adjusting to their new roles on the team. Here is a rundown of the three biggest question marks for the Spartans going into next season. 3. WILL...
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

A look ahead: New Orleans Saints 2015 draft prospects / part one

For fans of football (that’s not of the soccer variety being played in Brazil), this is perhaps the most boring period of the year; free agency and the draft have come and gone, OTAs are over and training camp is yet to begin. With a lack of things to discuss, I figure I’d turn my thoughts to next year’s draft. While I’m at least half a year too early in thinking about this...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU’s Connor Cook Posts Funny Instagram Photo Of His Teammates Passed Out In Locker Room After Working Youth Camp

You can assume that Michigan State’s players, fresh off of a Big Ten title, work hard during practice and hit the weight room quite frequently. But energy-wise, apparently, it’s still nothing compared to chasing around kids all day at a summer camp. Check out the below photo, shared by quarterback Connor Cook on his Instagram account, that shows a number of Spartans passed out...
Via College Spun
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Connor Cook 2013-14 Season Highlights ᴴᴰ

The quarterback position is something Michigan State had struggled with all throughout the 2012 season and early in 2013. Now a Junior, Connor Cook has solidified himself as Michigan State’s go-to player at QB. Awarded MVP of the Big Ten Championship Game as well as the Rose Bowl, Connor Cook is emerging as one of the nation’s best quarterbacks going into next year. With all...
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Stars of MSU Football Spring Game

EAST LANSING– In doing a recap, most people will just summarize the game. But that’s not what spring football is about. Spring football is about finding players who are improving and playing well, and that’s why this post is not summarizing the game. Let’s look at the five stars of the game. Five Stars Connor Cook- Cook, the starting quarterback of the winning white team...
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten Football: Player With The Most To Prove In 2014

Connor Cook and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio are looking to solidify the Spartans as an elite Big Ten Power.  With Cook in his junior year at Michigan State, the talented quarterback is looking to take the reigns of the team after losing an elite defense that got them to a Rose Bowl win.This is Cook’s team now, and he is excited about it.The two-year letterwinner has...
Via Football Nation
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Cook passes White over Green in MSU spring game

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Connor Cook threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 27 seconds left to lift the White team to a 20-13 victory over the Green team in Michigan State's spring game Saturday. Cook, who led the Spartans to a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl victory last season, threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns, although he was also intercepted twice. Michigan...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU football: spring offense off to a good start behind Connor Cook

In this week’s Detroit Free Press column, Jameson Draper takes a look at the Michigan State offense and reports that it appears to be coming together nicely in spring football practices so far. As always, the Free Press column begins here and ends at the freep website. EAST LANSING – Identity. That seemed to be the buzzword during Michigan State’s open practice last Tuesday...
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State QB Connor Cook uses off-season to hone leadership skills

One year changed Connor Cook forever. From a backup fighting for the starting job to a Rose Bowl champion quarterback, Michigan State’s rising junior now will add one more job description: team leader. “I’ve never been the kind of guy to be a rah-rah leader. I’ve always let my playing do the speaking sort of in that kind of manner,” Cook said as the Spartans opened spring...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

CBR’s ‘Way Too Early’ 2014 Top 10: No. 9 Michigan State Spartans

CBR’s ‘Way Too Early’ 2014 Top 10 No. 9 Michigan State Bulldogs You could make an argument that Michigan State was playing as well as anyone at the end of the season, but a loss to Notre Dame cost the Spartans a shot at a national title. However, coach Mark Dantonio is not going to complain about getting that elusive Rose Bowl championship. Dantonio is one of the...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU football makes 2014 schedule changes, moves up Oregon game

The likely Top 10 (possibly Top 5) clash between Oregon and Michigan State in the fall has drawn more attention now that Michigan State has elevated its program into the national spotlight with its breakout 2013-2014 season. Per Chris Vannini (and confirmed by Joe Rexrode), Michigan State University has moved it’s game with Oregon in Eugene from Saturday, September 13 to Saturday...
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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