Connor Cook had a breakthrough season last year for the Michigan State Spartans.
The 21-year old play-caller played 14 games, starting 12, for the Spartans as he helped them win a Big Ten Championship and the 2014 Rose Bowl.
And speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, the Sophomore quarterback is already plotting to build on an impressive 2013 for both him and the team:
"Our team goal is nothing less than a Big Ten Championship
After a season like we just had where we went almost perfect the expectations are going to be sky-high going into next year," he explained.
And Cook, who threw for 2,755 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2013 and was named offensive MVP in the Spartans Rose Bowl defeat of Stanford, sees MSU's impressive year as just the beginning:
"Coming back (from the Rose Bowl) we need to continue to build the house.
"We were searching for identity last year on offense and we really always knew what we had on defense.
"So now that we know what we're capable of on both sides of the ball coming back our goals are possibly averaging 35 points per game on offense," he told GiveMeSport.
With the Spartans having finished ranked #4 in the nation, Cook is confident that he and his teammates can excel under the guidance of Mark Dantonio.
And 2014 could prove an exciting season for the player individually also, with Cook currently coming in at 18/1 to be named next season's Heisman Trophy winner.
But Cook was keen to make clear that his priorities lie with bringing the team success:
"Anything less than a Big Ten Championship would be a failure so that is our main goal obviously.
"Everyone wants to win every game so I think if we go undefeated then everything else will take care of itself in terms of where we play after the season."
The Michigan State Spartans begin their 2014 season against Jacksonville State on August 30.
What do you think? Are the Spartans one of the early favorites?
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