In relief of one former Big Ten quarterback, another former Big Ten quarterback is attempting to pick up the slack for the playoff-bound Oakland Raiders.
Rookie Connor Cook, the former Michigan State star, replaced former Penn State QB Matt McGloin on Sunday after McGloin left with a shoulder injury in the first half against the Denver Broncos.
Cook, making his NFL debut, was responsible for Oakland’s first (and, ultimately, only) points against the Broncos with a 32-yard strike to WR Amari Cooper. Watch the play below, which includes a nearly-perfect throw by Cook:
Connor Cook's TD to Amari pic.twitter.com/GC97UL6MKY
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Cook, who led Michigan State to a berth in the 2015 College Football Playoff, could start for the Raiders depending on McGloin’s shoulder injury. And if does indeed happen, Cook would make his first NFL start next weekend in the playoffs, a wild-card game at Houston.
Cook completed 57.5 percent of his passes for 9,194 yards and 71 touchdowns in his Michigan State career, which spanned 2012-15. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 100th overall, by the Raiders.