Michigan State Might Be Leaning Toward Starting Tyler O'Connor at Quarterback

By Connor Muldowney
Andrew Maxwell
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If you know anything about the Michigan State Spartans‘ football program, you know that the quarterback situation has been cloudy ever since Kirk Cousins was lost to the NFL following 2011. Andrew Maxwell took over as the starter prior to the 2013 season and threw for 2,606 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Maxwell just flat-out underperformed last season and completed just 52 percent of his passes and failed to provide a spark that the offense desperately needed.

For all of those Spartan fans out there that have been hoping and praying for a change at the position, your wishes might come to fruition. Maxwell started the Spartans’ week one matchup against Western Michigan and finished with just 74 yards passing and no touchdowns on 11-21 passing. Just a poor performance from a guy that was supposed to be ‘improved’ from a year ago.

With basically no confidence and even less accuracy, Maxwell looks to be on his way out of a starting spot in East Lansing.

Check out this recent tweet from offensive lineman Skyler Burkland that was retweeted by cornerback Darqueze Dennard, mentioning Tyler O’Connor that may be foreshadowing the quarterback change for the Spartans.

While this might not mean much, but O’Connor is a redshirt freshman quarterback that has been rumored to have been fighting for playing time with Maxwell, Connor Cook and Damion Terry. He was a highly-touted, four-star quarterback coming out of high school and was supposed to be a very talented option to consider.

Why else would O’Connor be looking for extra tickets as Dennard said in a later tweet? That tweet was also favorited by Burkland who may have some inside knowledge on the situation. This could be a developing story that could lead to a complete turnaround of the Spartan offense.

Check back for updates closer to game time.

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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. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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