Are the prayers of Michigan State football fans finally going to be answered in week three versus Youngstown State? All signs point toward it being a strong possibility.
After another weak showing by the Spartan offense Saturday against South Florida, who you might remember lost 53-21 to FCS opponent McNeese State, head coach Mark Dantonio and staff are going back to the drawing board on offense.
This means there will be full on competition at every position for whoever wants to step up, meaning that true freshman quarterback Damion Terry will be in the mix.
The Spartans’ offensive woes continued in week two, as the team only posted 265 yards of total offense and just 94 yards in the passing game, despite three quarterbacks in Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook and Tyler O’Connor seeing reps.
While Spartan fans have been quick to blame the quarterbacks for the lack of production, they shouldn’t be so quick to judgment. Poor play by the receivers as well as a damaged offensive line are all equally responsible for the poor output. The team needs a collective improvement from everybody in order to score more points.
Many people believe this improvement will come by placing the true freshman in the starting quarterback role, and it sounds like he is going to get a chance to earn the job, as Dantonio announced he was back in the mix. There was some speculation he might get a shot in week two, but Terry was suffering from illness as well as a thumb injury.
The Spartans have one week left to get their offensive miscues in order before they travel to South Bend to take on a nasty Notre Dame defense in week four.