As the Michigan State Spartans look to start their 2013 campaign there is a lot of quarterback discussion revolving around East Lansing. First off are comments by a quarterback. Not just any quarterback, but “The Quarterback.” The renowned ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit has made a prediction. He believes that the Spartans have a favorable schedule, one that will crown Michigan State the winners of the Big Ten Legends Division. Unfortunately for the Spartan faithful, the popular ESPN personality predicts that coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartans will fall to his alma mater the Buckeyes of Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer.
That is just the words of one quarterback. The Michigan State coaching staff is relying on actions not words to make a very difficult decision on who will be their starting quarterback. Which of the four young men posses the skills necessary to make Herbstreit’s predictions come true?
The stable of quarterbacks at Michigan State runs four studs deep. First off is the true tested fifth year senior Andrew Maxwell. Obviously, Maxwell has a firm grip on the offense and great chemistry with the coaching staff and his teammates. The question will be if Maxwell offers enough of the extra skills that could push a good team over the cusp of becoming a great team.
Connor Cook saw some playing time last year, most significantly in the Spartans’ final game of the season in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Game. The staff says that Cook has a bravado and confidence about him that just cannot be taught. He is the type of quarterback who is never out of the game.
The two remaining candidates are Tyler O’Connor and true freshman Damion Terry. O’Connor is the type of quarterback who is reliable, with him what you see is what you get. He has been a great student of the game and is capable of making all of the throws necessary to win games for the Spartans. Terry is an extremely talented and athletic quarterback. The staff at Michigan State is still learning the potential of this young quarterback. His athleticism is a game changing intangible.
All of this quarterback talk without a game played, you can tell the season has yet to start. There will be a starter on Friday night, but more than likely we will get to see more than one quarterback in the Spartans’ season opener. More than likely this will be Maxwell’s job to lose.