5 reasons Connor Cook will win the Heisman Trophy

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Nov 23, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Josiah Price (82) is congratulated by wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) after a touchdown during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Michigan State won 30-6. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

2. Plenty of targets to throw to

Losing Keith Mumphery and All-Big Ten wide out Tony Lippett from a season ago will definitely call for an adjustment from Cook, but it’s definitely not something that will hurt him. In fact, he has so many returning weapons that he probably doesn’t know what to do with them all.

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Going down the list, there are plenty of top-rated high school recruits who have yet to really break out and prove that they were worthy of their four-star ratings. Two guys that come to mind are Aaron Burbridge and DeAnthony Arnett.

Both guys were expected to be stars at the collegiate level, but both had their best seasons as freshmen. For Burbridge, this is his year to take over and have a Lippett-like rise in stardom in the MSU receiving corps while Arnett has been a stud this spring and looking to finally have a breakout year.

Besides those two guys, who have the potential to be studs, there is tight end Josiah Price, who may be the Big Ten’s best, Macgarrett Kings Jr. and RJ Shelton. All three of those guys are some of the most sure-handed guys on the team.

Lastly, some newcomers and fresh names such as junior Monty Madaris, junior tight end Jamal Lyles, freshman Felton Davis III and fellow freshman Darrell Stewart all have a chance to be big-time weapons.

Cook has about 8-to-10 different options in the pass game and all are worthy of a starting role. Could be an even better overall unit than last year.

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