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.