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Quarterback Battle Intensifies for Michigan State Spartans Following Spring Game

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Andrew Maxwell should be playing every down like it’s his last, even in spring practices. The 2013 spring game took place on Saturday and Maxwell took the field as the ‘white’ team’s starting quarterback.

The opposing ‘green’ team featured redshirt sophomore Connor Cook as the starter. Michigan State is desperate to find their guy to lead the offense.

The Spartans’ spring game showcased a lot of pass attempts, but very few completions. Albeit, a handful of incompletions were the result of receivers dropping passes. Although the receivers looked better than they did last season, there were still far too many drops.

Maxwell’s biggest downfall as quarterback in 2012 was his lack of confidence and leadership. These possibly stemmed from the drops that the receivers accumulated throughout the year, failing to let Maxwell gain some confidence and get on the right track.

Maxwell was 9-for-20 with 110 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s game, leading the white squad to victory over the green, 24-17.

On the other side, Cook was 10-for-26 for 217 yards and a score.

These numbers may not seem so bad, but it was the fact that neither of them were successful in trying to complete a majority of passes. The fact that neither of the starting quarterback candidates reached 50 percent completions means that a lot of work has to be done and few questions have been answered.

Cook showed flashes of starting potential at times, but he completed about a third of his passes, showing that his accuracy isn’t up to par. Averaging 21.7 yards per completion, however, is something that can’t be ignored.

Maxwell showed a bit more accuracy than Cook, but he looked timid at times. He stood in the pocket with his feet constantly shuffling, exposing his nervousness to the defense.

With a whole summer to find out who the starter will be, it will be interesting to see how hot this battle gets.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.