Connor Cook is getting the start for the Oakland Raiders on Saturday in Houston. And he’s making history in the process.
Cook, the former Michigan State standout, was the Raiders’ third-string quarterback for the first 16 weeks of the season. Then Oakland had injuries to starter Derek Carr and backup Matt McGloin (a Penn State product) in back-to-back weeks.
Now, Cook is being thrown into the fire in the playoffs against the Texans. With the start, he will become the first signal-caller in the Super Bowl era to make his first career start in the postseason, according to Elias.
Raiders will start Connor Cook vs Texans.
So it's Cook vs Brock Osweiler.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2017
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 4, 2017
McGloin injured his left shoulder in a Week 17 loss to the Broncos, which cost Oakland the AFC West title. It was unclear if he could play this week, but the Raiders have reportedly made the decision to start Cook.
In his first NFL action, Cook threw for 150 yards, one touchdown and an interception against the Broncos.
Cook was the Spartans’ starter for three seasons. But he’s never faced a challenge quite like this.