If there was ever a time for starting a true freshman quarterback over a senior with experience, it is right now for head coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartan football team.
With their season opener just four days away, the team still hasn’t announced who will be the starting quarterback this season out of the four scholarship quarterbacks in Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook, Tyler O’Connor, and Damion Terry.
Terry, a highly touted recruit last year, made noise in the Spartans’ second scrimmage, posting 280 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Terry has been reported as being inconsistent at times but shows great ability to create when the play breaks down and great running ability as well.
Mark Dantonio is in an interesting situation right now with the quarterbacks. Maxwell will be a fifth year senior and has a whole year of starting experience under his belt, but he still hasn’t established himself as the clear cut quarterback, which is concerning.
For Dantonio, he has to choose between steadiness and experience from Maxwell versus playmaking ability and youth with his other quarterbacks, particularly Terry.
If there was ever a time to throw a freshman quarterback into the fire, it is this year. The defense that will step onto the field at Spartan Stadium is possibly the best defense this school has ever seen. Although having a freshman would lead to some costly turnovers, they won’t be as costly given the high probability of the defense being able to come up with a stop.
The Spartans could start Terry and let him learn as he goes because the rest of the team could bail him out. His playmaking abilities can’t be ignored, and letting him sit on the bench would be pointless if Maxwell plays like he did last season.
It will be interesting to see who Dantonio names as the starter tomorrow, but there are many Spartan faithful hoping he goes with the young freshman.