5 reasons Connor Cook will win the Heisman Trophy

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) passes against the Baylor Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Bears 42-41. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

5. Calm under pressure

There may not be any quarterback in the nation who is calmer under pressure than Cook. Usually when the game is on the line and a big play is needed, he gets the job done. Quarterbacks in the past for Michigan State have struggled with this, but Cook is not ordinary.

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Watching the now-senior quarterback perform even in his first appearance against TCU back in 2012,  it’s pretty impressive to see how cool he was trying to lead the Spartans to a victory in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

That’s basically where it all started as he just gained more and more confidence from there. You would be hard-pressed to find a more confident quarterback and a guy who doesn’t boast about it in the way that Cook keeps silent and lets his game do the talking.

Heisman winners are typically the least frantic of all quarterbacks and handle pressure extremely well — look at Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston.

Cook’s fellow Heisman contenders — J.T. Barrett, Trevone Boykin, Dak Prescott, etc. — don’t show the same type of calmness when under pressure, in my opinion. They’re all very successful quarterbacks, but with yet another year of experience under his belt, Cook may be untouchable in terms of ability to stay cool.

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