At least for the moment, the Andrew Maxwell era at Michigan State has come to an end.
Shortly before their noon kickoff against USF, the Spartans announced that Connor Cook will start at quarterback for the nonconference game. It will be Cook’s first career start.
Not only was there a change at the top of the depth chart, but redshirt freshman Tyler O’Connor will serve as Cook’s backup and will play in the game per head coach Mark Dantonio. That means, of course, that Maxwell has tumbled from season-opening starter all the way down to the No. 3 QB in just one game.
In that opening win over Central Michigan, which came after a bizarre summer camp competition that was reopened to four players shortly before the start of the season, Maxwell completed 11-of-21 passes for 74 yards. Cook, on the other hand, went 6-for-16 for 42 yards. Neither player threw a touchdown or an interception.
Maxwell started all 13 games in an uneven (to be kind) first year replacing Kirk Cousins, a performance that left the 2013 quarterback job wide open throughout spring practice and into summer camp.