Michigan St. QB Connor Cook wins Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Connor Cook has had a historic career at Michigan State.
Scott Olmos

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has been named the best senior or fourth-year junior quarterback in the country as the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. 

Cook is the second Big Ten quarterback to win the Unitas award, joining Wisconsin’s Scott Tolzien. 

Cook already became the first Spartan to be named the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and the first All-Big Ten first team quarterback from MSU since Steve Juday in 1965. 

He threw for 243.3 yards per game and 24 touchdowns while helping the Spartans to the Big Ten championship and a spot in the second College Football Playoff. 

"I’m very honored and thankful for receiving this prestigious award," said Cook in a statement. "I couldn’t be happier, but really it’s a whole team effort. The credit really goes to our entire offense — we have great receivers who get open, quality running backs who fight for yards, and a great offensive line that protects me and allows us to be successful. Everyone on the offense puts us in a situation to win games." 

He called the late Johnny Unitas one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. 

"He was a championship player and his accomplishments are absolutely incredible," Cook said. "To be able to go to Baltimore where he played and win an award in his name is stuff you dream about growing up, and to actually live it will be an amazing opportunity that I’m really looking forward to."

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