Position Breakdown: Quarterback

Michigan State hit the midway point with weekend. How has the Spartans performed at quarterback? We break it down.

After going back and looking at the first five games of the season. How has Michigan State looked at the quarterback position?

Here is how we see it.

After five games the Spartans have played four quarterbacks. Kirk Cousins has taken the majority of snaps and Mark Dantonio made it a point to have freshman Connor Cook travel with the team despite the chances of him playing being slim to none.

Because of the number of snaps taken, we'll only look at Cousins and back-up Andrew Maxwell in this breakdown.

Andrew Maxwell: The role of a back-up college quarterback can vary. However, when you have a multi-year starter in front of you, the chances of getting major reps only happens if there is an injury. Maxwell has played his role solid and in limited time has passed for 14-19-0 for 149 yards and one touchdown.

At the midway point Maxwell hopes his role continues to be in mop-up situations as an injury to Cousins would hurt the Spartans as they get to the meat of their Big Ten slate. Nevertheless, Maxwell is looking solid to take over the reins next season.

Kirk Cousins: On paper the senior quarterback is posting a solid season. However, during games there seems to be times when he's just off a tad. Nevertheless, Cousins is posting solid numbers and the Spartans sit with a 4-1 record headed into Michigan Week and the heart of their schedule.

Cousins claims things are good and Spartan coaches do not see a major issue with their senior captain. While B.J. Cunningham has been the main target, 12 other Spartans have recorded two or more catches on the season.

A touchdown to interception ratio of 6-to-4 should be some concern, but how many programs would trade the Spartans for their quarterback? A lot would and Spartans fans should sit back and enjoy the final games of one of the top quarterbacks in Spartans football history.

Keys: Reduce the interceptions and the quarterback hurries and things should finish on a high note.

Spartan Digest Grade: B+ - almost an A


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