The file on Raiders QB Connor Cook
Who is Connor Cook?
All eyes will be on rookie quarterback Connor Cook come Saturday when he makes his first start in the silver and black as the Raiders take on the Texans. Here is the file on the new starting quarterback for the Raiders...
Three-year starter at Michigan State
Cook (far right) attended Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio before going to Michigan State where he began his career playing behind two other quarterbacks. Cook got his opportunity to become the Michigan State starter in 2013 and never relinquished the role.
Rose Bowl Champion
One of Cook's main shining moments was his performance in the 2014 Rose Bowl. The Spartans defeated Stanford 24-20 behind Cook's 332 yards passing. For his efforts, Cook won the Offensive Most Valuable Player award.
Leaving a Spartan legacy
Cook would go on to have another successful year in 2015 -- his third as the Michigan State starter. Cook finished his career as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (9,194) and touchdowns (71). Cook also won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award -- given to the nation's top collegiate senior quarterback.
Last playoff game
Cook's last taste of a playoff game came in 2015 and it wasn't a pretty one. The Spartans lost to Alabama 38-0 on Dec. 31, 2015. Cook passed for just 204 yards and threw no touchdowns and two interceptions -- posting a 19.6 quarterback rating during the game.
Still, Cook finished his career as the Spartans' leader in wins with a 34-5 record.
With the 100th pick in the NFL Draft...
The Raiders selected Cook in the fourth round of the 2016 draft with the 100th overall pick.
Six quarterbacks were drafted before him. Of those six, just one joins him as part of a playoff roster (Jacoby Brissett, New England Patriots).
Thrust into action
After Matt McGloin was injured in Sunday's game against the Broncos, Cook came in and completed nearly 67 percent of his passes for 150 yards with a touchdown, an interception and two fumbles.