Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook said the Spartans have a “pretty strong team” in the wake of the loss to Wisconsin, but they still need to prove themselves on the field.
The Spartans will return four starters from last season’s Big Ten title team, but have only seven returning scholarship players.
They have five starters on offense, but only three returning.
The Spartans lost quarterback J.T. Barrett to the NFL Draft, and wide receiver Malik Lewis and wideout Christian Jones are expected to be available.
“We’re not getting that much of a bounce-back, but we’re certainly a team that’s going to have a really good year, a really strong year,” Cook said Monday on SiriusXM College Sports Radio.
“We’re going to compete, and we’re going get the job done.
They’ll see it in practice, they’ll be able to see it on film.””
I think the coaches are really excited about this team, and I’m sure they’ll see the results of it.
They’ll see it in practice, they’ll be able to see it on film.”
Cook, who is ranked the No. 9 overall prospect in the ESPN 300, was asked about the Spartans chances at winning the Big Ten Championship Game, which is set for Saturday night in Minneapolis.
“I don’t think there’s a lot to worry about,” he said.
“They’re not going to be out there just getting a lot out of themselves, because they’re not competing for a title.
I don’t expect us to be as good as the other teams that are playing.”
Cook said he was impressed with how his teammates reacted when he said the loss in Wisconsin.
“Everybody just kind of sat down, looked at each other, and said, ‘What do we have to do to win?'” he said, referencing the Wolverines loss to the Spartans.
“It was a really, honestly good win for us.”
Michigan State will face No. 14 Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.