Can Michigan State figure out their quarterback situation before the spring game in two weeks? The chances that the Spartans surprise no one and choose last year’s starter, Andrew Maxwell, are very high.
There is no way Mark Dantonio will flip the script and go lower on his own depth chart in order to find a quarterback to fill the inconsistent junior’s spot. In fact, Dantonio even said that the battle at quarterback isn’t out of the ordinary and the pecking order remains the same as it was.
Although the Spartans had possibly the worst season under Dantonio in 2012, with the exception of the 2009 season, they have to trust their sixth-year coach. He has more Big Ten wins than any coach in the conference in the past five seasons while also leading the Spartans to a school-record six straight bowl games, picking up two straight bowl wins.
Another reason you will have a hard time seeing a different number called than Maxwell’s No. 10 is because Dantonio has not been known to trust young offensive players, unless he had to.
The previous prominent offensive player that earned a starting spot early in his college career was running back Larry Caper, who was an easy choice because Javon Ringer left the team a year before, leaving no one at the position but an unproven freshman.
Maxwell had a poor 2012 season, yes, but he is also a potentially solid quarterback. Some may argue he showed no improvement during the entire season, only appearing in each game. While that is true, he knows what needs to be fixed this offseason and Dantonio is willing to work with him to get his confidence back and his arm accurate again.
While many Spartan fans are calling for a change at signal-caller, don’t be surprised if Dantonio sticks it out with Maxwell in his final year behind center.