Connor Cook is still MSU's starting quarterback.
So said head coach Mark Dantonio during Sunday's teleconference with the press.
"I think he is still our number one quarterback. " said Dantonio. "I think he continues to get better. He's a young quarterback. He's a redshirt sophomore. I think he continues to get better and at times shows his ability to be resilient on the field and had composure on the field. But there's always a consistency to things."
Even though Dantonio said he was disappointed with Saturday's loss to Notre Dame, he's trying to keep a level head about it.
"We need to continue to keep things in perspective. We're a 3-1 football team. We have an opportunity to sit this week and regroup."
While pleased with his Spartans' defensive efforts, Dantonio is always looking for improvement, adding that "...we need to pressure the quarterback more consistently. Came away with zero sacks."
But it's the offense that, after four games, is still a thorn in Dantonio's side, stating that " ... in the end, defensively you give up 17 points, you got an opportunity to win. That's what you have to look at, as well. We have to be able to overcome some of these things."
Dantonio added, "I think the things we have to correct are our consistency in our passing game. We've got continue to try to push our running game forward. I think we're getting pretty good play from our offensive line in the running back situation."
More comments from Dantonio ...
On Conner Cook:
"He's a young quarterback that's still maturing, that is in his first big road game. I thought, with all things being said, he did a pretty good job. It takes a lot of things for a quarterback to be successful. It's not just him. It's the receivers running the routes, it's being able to establish a running game, being able to protect for him. I thought he had pretty good protection. But you've got to be consistent, as well."
On his decision to put in Andrew Maxwell on the final drive:
"Those things are tough to evaluate because, as I said, hindsight it 20/20.
"I thought Maxwell had a chance on a second down play or a third down play. He throws it a little bit high, but Burbridge has both hands on the ball. You got to make the catch. It's a 50/50 catch, but if he makes it, we're on the 40. Maxwell has done a good job in two minute situation before."
"Connor had not played as well the two previous series, and that was a decision that was made by us as a staff. I stamped my approval on the decision. It shows that I still have belief in Andrew Maxwell, which is important. You have to do the best you can with the time you have on the field, whether that's in a two minute situation or the 58 minutes preceding that two minute situation. Obviously you want to play the guy who is going to be successful. But you don't ever know that. I just felt like a change was warranted at that time."
Some injury notes ...
Senior linebacker Jairus Jones, injured in Saturday's loss to Notre Dame, will be out at least six weeks due. Jones suffered an MCL injury.
Senior safety Isaiah Lewis had meniscus surgery back on September 12th. Lewis missed the