Play Calling Must Improve For Michigan State Spartans' Offense in 2013

By Erik Sargent
Mark Dantonio Michigan State Spartans
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The 2012 Michigan State Spartan football season was one of the most disappointing and embarrassing seasons in Spartan football history.

While expectations may have been a bit elevated, there was no excuse for the play of the team, especially the offense.

Spartan fans had been blessed with the outstanding play of guys like Kirk Cousins and B.J. Cunningham and were left wishing they could come back after Andrew Maxwell took over as the quarterback.

In Maxwell’s defense, the Spartans didn’t help him out one bit. The offensive line play was shaky, the receivers couldn’t catch a pass, and outside of Le’Veon Bell, there was no real threat of a playmaker.

If the Spartans want to be successful in 2013, the overall play calling on offense must drastically improve.

Gone are the days of Dan Roushar, who left to take a job with the New Orleans Saints. Now the play calling will be split between Dave Warner and Jim Bollman. Bollman was the one time offensive coordinator at Ohio State, and though some questioned if he was the right fit, it was who Mark Dantonio went with.

For the Spartans, they need to be more aggressive when on offense. The 2012 approach was extremely one-dimensional, and you could virtually tell what play was coming every time.

The Spartans have a national championship caliber defense to work with, so if the offense is able to at least meet them half way, there will be few teams who can run with them

Dantonio has made it a point to open up the offense and create more opportunities for points, so look for more designed quarterback runs and more down field passing plays.

While the offense will be young, they have talent. There will be some growing pains, but virtually the entire offensive line returns and Maxwell will be a fifth-year senior with a whole season of experience under his belt.

Erik Sargent is a college football writer for Follow him on Twitter @Erik_Sargent, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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