Connor Cook

Connor Cook
No. 8Oakland Raiders
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-01-29) January 29, 1993
Place of birth: Hinckley, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Cuyahoga Falls (OH) Walsh Jesuit
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 100
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Connor Cook (born January 29, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Michigan State Spartans and was their starting quarterback from 2013 to 2015. He holds the record for most career wins at Michigan State.

Early years

Cook attended Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He was ranked as the nation's 13th best quarterback recruit by[1]

College career

Upon enrolling at Michigan State, Cook was redshirted as a freshman in 2011. He spent the 2012 season as a backup to Andrew Maxwell.[2] After Maxwell was benched, Cook helped lead the team to a win in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, completing four of 11 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.[3] Overall, he appeared in three games, completing nine of 17 passes for 94 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He entered the 2013 season as the backup to Maxwell again. After Maxwell struggled, Cook took over as the starter after the first game and remained the starter the rest of the year.[4] He led Michigan State to a 34-24 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game and was named MVP after throwing for 304 yards with three touchdowns.[5][6] He then led the Spartans to a 24–20 victory over the Stanford Cardinal in the 2014 Rose Bowl. He was named the offensive MVP after throwing for 332 yards and two touchdowns.[7] Cook finished the season with 2,755 passing yards and 22 touchdowns.

As a junior in 2014, Cook passed 3,214 yards with 24 touchdowns. He led the Spartans to 2015 Cotton Bowl, where they defeated the higher-ranked Baylor Bears, 42–41.[8] As a senior in 2015 Cook led the Spartans to a 16–13 win over Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game and was named MVP for the second time in three years. The victory earned them a spot in the College Football Playoff (2015 Cotton Bowl), where they lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide, 38-0. Cook finished the season with 3,131 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, completing 56% of his passes. For his career he completed 673 of 1,170 passes for a school record 9,194 yards with 71 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.


Season Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Yds Pct TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2012 9 17 94 52.9 1 1 107.0 4 −3 −0.8 0
2013 223 380 2,755 58.7 22 6 135.5 69 76 1.1 1
2014 212 365 3,214 58.1 24 8 149.4 51 80 1.5 2
2015 229 408 3,131 56.1 24 7 136.6 52 56 1.1 0
NCAA career totals[9] 673 1,170 9,194 57.5 71 22 139.8 176 209 1.2 3

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 217 lb33 in9 in 4.79 s 7.21 s 33 in 9 ft 5 in
All values from NFL Combine[10]

Cook was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 4th round with the 100th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was the seventh quarterback chosen in that draft.


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