Being named a team captain is an honor for any athlete. Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is going to be a team leader this year and many outside of the team thought he would be a surefire captain for the Spartans. However, we were wrong.
According to Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press, the team voted on captains Tuesday evening and Cook wasn’t one of the three guys named.
Cook spoke with the paper about not being a captain, which he was fairly upset with, and the three players, Jack Allen, Shilique Calhoun, and Darien Harris, who were voted in.
“…And guys still look to me as a leader, and obviously it stinks not to be captain. But that’s why we have the leadership council, the 12 guys. Coach D. really likes to not just have three guys leading, but 12. We’ve got such a deep senior class, too. We’ve got guys like Shilique, Darien, me, Jack. Joel (Heath) is a great leader. If you could pick five captains, there would be five captains. If there could be six, there’d be six guys. All 12 guys are worth enough to be captains. But it’s definitely not gonna limit my leadership role. And it’s just gonna make me hungrier.”
While Cook wasn’t given the honor of being named captain, he will be even more motivated to lead his team to another successful season this year. I don’t think the team doubts his ability of being a captain, but they may have not voted him in simply because they already know he is a leader and this will just motivate him even more.
The Spartans kickoff the season this Saturday when they take on the Western Michigan Broncos in Kalamazoo.
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