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Mich. St. decides to stick with Andrew Maxwell at QB

Andrew Maxwell, T.J. Jones AP

In the end, but only after a bit of uncertainty, Michigan State’s starting quarterback is who we thought it would be.

While the most recent depth chart lists four players at the top of the position, head coach Mark Dantonio confirmed that incumbent Andrew Maxwell will indeed be the Spartans starter. While Maxwell had been the starter in name per Dantonio, the coach “reopened” the competition a week ago to include a whopping four players,

In the end, Maxwell was able to fend off the challenges of Connor Cook, Damien Terry and Tyler O’Connor.

“(Maxwell) brings consistency and knowledge of our offense,” Dantonio said in comments posted on MSU football’s Twitter feed. “I’m comfortable we have a No. 1 QB. He was No. 1 last year. Had some balls dropped, have to protect him. He has great knowledge.

“I told (Maxwell) today, here’s the keys. Bring them back home. It’s important we all go forward together.  Giving the keys to car to someone, have to bring it back full. When you look at our four QBs, they possess big-time ability.”

Maxwell started every game last season as the successor to Kirk Cousins, but came under fire early and often because, well, he wasn’t Kirk Cousins.  In 2012, Maxwell barely completed 50 percent of his passes (52.5) and threw just 13 touchdowns against nine interceptions.  His quarterback rating of 107.1 was ninth in the Big Ten and 109th nationally.

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10 Responses to “Mich. St. decides to stick with Andrew Maxwell at QB”
  1. philliesblow says: Aug 27, 2013 12:20 PM

    No surprise here but if Maxwell struggles in the early games and Cook or O’Connor do well in mop up duty things may change by the ND game.

  2. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 27, 2013 12:39 PM

    As a lifelong resident of East Lansing and a hardcore Spartan fan I think this is a horrible decision unless Maxwell has improved significantly in the offseason. He had one of the worst years I’ve ever seen a Spartan quarterback have last year. It was downright disgraceful.
    I would not be surprised to see Cook take over after a few awful performances by Maxwell and I seriously hope that’s what happens.

  3. primetime0552 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:12 PM

    Maxwell wasn’t horrible last season. the receivers dropped 66 passes!!! sure some of them were on Maxwell but the majority were on the receivers. the receivers catch half of them and the season changes dramatically for MSU. Drives wouldn’t have been stalked and more pints wouodve been scored. if pints weren’t scored field position wouldve still been changed. the offensive line was also horrible last year, it was a cut and paste line. Maxwell also had them on position to win every big ten game last season. a field goal was missed in every big ten loss. when you lose 5 games by 13 points and miss a field foal in all of them, that’s not all on the QB.
    you say Connor Cook should start. I hope you’re kidding. be was atrocious in the bowl game. sure he was on the field when they won the game, but he was awful!!

  4. mediocrebob says: Aug 27, 2013 4:02 PM

    JohnElwayhas-

    “… this is a horrible decision unless Maxwell has improved significantly in the offseason”

    Bold statement!

  5. cfballfan1 says: Aug 27, 2013 5:36 PM

    Maxwell earned the right to start. We’ll see how that plays out as Dantonio has said that 2 QB’s will play regularly.

    Some fans may even remember waaaay back when he did the same thing with Keith Nichol and some guy named Cousins. We know how that turned out.

  6. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 27, 2013 11:20 PM

    For Michigan State’s sake, I hope Dantonio didn’t make this decision based on Jim Bollman’s (MSU offensive Coordinator) recommendation. Bollman is the idiot who felt Joe Bauserman should start over Braxton Miller.

  7. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 28, 2013 12:13 AM

    primetime0552 says:
    Aug 27, 2013 1:12 PM
    Maxwell wasn’t horrible last season. the receivers dropped 66 passes!!! sure some of them were on Maxwell but the majority were on the receivers. the receivers catch half of them and the season changes dramatically for MSU. Drives wouldn’t have been stalked and more pints wouodve been scored. if pints weren’t scored field position wouldve still been changed. the offensive line was also horrible last year, it was a cut and paste line. Maxwell also had them on position to win every big ten game last season. a field goal was missed in every big ten loss. when you lose 5 games by 13 points and miss a field foal in all of them, that’s not all on the QB.
    you say Connor Cook should start. I hope you’re kidding. be was atrocious in the bowl game. sure he was on the field when they won the game, but he was awful!!

    Well coach Dantonio said today that Cook is going to get some reps in the Western game so he obviously isn’t 100% sold on Maxwell. I would be willing to bet you pretty much anything you’re willing to lose that Cook is the starter by the time the Big 10 season rolls around. Maxwell is terrible. There’s no way around that.

  8. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 28, 2013 12:18 AM

    You’re right that there were a lot of drops and he didn’t have very talented receivers to throw to. He’s still terrible though.

  9. tdub821 says: Aug 28, 2013 7:49 AM

    Seriously folks…who cares?….it’s little brother.

  10. spartacusprime says: Aug 28, 2013 9:30 PM

    who is the bigger loser, the “little brother” or the one who gets beat down by his “little brother” four straight years and then has to talk smack after finally winning a game even though they couldn’t score a TD?

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