Moving Forward: Quarterbacks

As we finish out our look at the 2012 season we'll be looking at each aspect of the Michigan State football program from coaches, players and more to see what the future might hold. Our next stop is at the most talked about position quarterback.

Michigan State fans felt the pain from losing Kirk Cousins this season as Andrew Maxwell saw his share of struggles. However, that does not mean the Spartans have issues at the position going forward. Here is a look forward at the Spartans quarterbacks.

Quarterbacks Coach: Dave Warner (6 seasons)

Warner continues working with the Spartan quarterbacks and having success. At some point down the road do not be surprised if someone looks to pluck him away as a coordinator. The development at the quarterback position since Warner's arrival has been great as Brian Hoyer and Kirk Cousins both learned the tools of the trade and had their share of success before going to the NFL. Now Warner is working with Andrew Maxwell and while the first year starter saw his share of struggles it should be easy to see he's got the tools to lead the Spartans to a more successful season than 2012. We feel Warner is a top level quarterback coach and if he desired could be a high level coordinator.

Leaving The Program

Peter Badovinac is the only quarterback the Spartans will lose from graduation.

Biggest Question

Can Andrew Maxwell move forward and take his game to the level required to win games in the Big Ten?

We feel the answer to this question is yes as Maxwell fought with having young receivers and an offensive line that was banged up the majority of the season. The arm strength and smarts are there and if others can pick up their game Maxwell should see a higher level of success going forward.

Moving Forward

While Maxwell will enter the spring as the starter there will be competition behind him in Connor Cook and Tyler O'Connor. Cook, much like Maxwell this season is untested and needs reps. He did not get any extra time as the Spartans were involved in so many games that went into overtime or came down to the last series. O'Connor will get his first chance to show is abilities in the spring and many feel he could push Cook going forward. The 2013 recruiting class is expected to give the Spartans Damion Terry who enjoyed a great senior season. The Pennsylvania native should not be expected to push for time next season despite the growth of his game this past fall as the Spartans will look to redshirt him putting a space between each of the back-up signal callers.

Spartan Digest Take

When looking back at the 2012 season there were mistakes made by Maxwell that cost the Spartans. However, you can't really say he didn't show progress despite the pressure he got from the mixed matched offensive line and play of the receivers that struggled to catch some of the easiest passes they will ever see. Going forward feels Maxwell will have a strong senior season but leave the Spartans with some of the same questions seen this past season in 2014.

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