The Michigan State Spartans have made an effort to improve their passing attack for the next few seasons. They made some serious recruiting strides, picking up a four-star dual-threat quarterback Damion Terry for the 2013 year.
However, they have the starting quarterback position somewhat solidified, or so they say.
The Spartans look to have a bit of a quarterback battle come fall, and Andrew Maxwell is fighting to keep the job that he earned just a year ago. The soon-to-be senior quarterback had an up-and-down season in 2012 and looked to lack confidence and leadership throughout the year.
His numbers weren’t poor, but they were inconsistent. He completed just 52.5% of his passes, which is a mediocre mark at best for a college quarterback, and threw 13 touchdown passes with nine interceptions– not very impressive. However, the junior quarterback threw for over 2,500 yards and looked solid in a few games during the season.
A few games isn’t enough proof to keep a starting position, especially at arguably the most important position on the field.
Well, the 2013 offseason is here and spring practices have begun. Terry will challenge Maxwell for possible playing time just as soon as the incoming freshman steps foot on campus this summer. Connor Cook, the quarterback who helped lead Michigan State to a win in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU, will also make a strong push for playing time.
Lastly, redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor is one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the Big Ten and could prove some people wrong this spring by earning either a backup role or, it’s a long-shot, a starting job.
No matter who takes the field in August, there will be improvement at the position. If it’s Maxwell once again, he will have had the entire offseason to improve and prepare for what he wasn’t prepared for in 2012: college football.