Five Answers: Spartans Post Spring Offense

We had five questions entering Michigan State's spring practice session and now look at the answers to each question following the annual Green-White game.

The latest edition of Michigan State's football program under Mark Dantonio has their first leg of their journey completed.

We asked five questions prior to the Spartans spring season and now look back for answers.

Question One: Will new Spartans offensive coordinators Dave Warner and Jim Bollman provide some new twists to a Spartans offense that struggled at times during the 2012 season?

Answer: There is no real answer here as the Spartans showed very little during the spring game. However, we're hearing there will be some changes as the loss of Le'Veon Bell and the lack of a back to step up and grab the starting job could mean being more creative with a short passing game.

Question Two: Will the early departure of standout running back Le'Veon Bell hurt the Spartans offensive attack?

Answer: Where do you start? The Spartans did not stop up the running game in the Green-White game coming away with a combined total of 91 yards rushing on 42 carries for a whopping 2.16 yards per carry and only one rushing touchdown by Nick Hill. Those types of numbers will mean a lot of pressure on Andrew Maxwell or whoever the quarterback will be.

Question Three: Has senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell matured into a quarterback that can carry an offense?

Answer: Spartan fans better hope Maxwell puts everything together when the season starts or he could find himself holding a clipboard as Connor Cook gets his shot. Both quarterbacks are capable of managing a game but may not be in a position to carry a team on their back.

Question Four: Will Spartan receivers show the ability to catch the football?

Answer: Aaron Burbridge continues to show all the signs of being a major NFL Draft pick in two years but there were still enough drops seen to cause concern looking ahead. However, there has been enough talent recruited that it is our belief more will step forward and join Burbridge.

Question Five: Who will replace Dion Sims at tight end in 2013?

Answer: This much we can guarantee, someone will line up and play tight end in 2013. However, for us to say there is someone who can replace the Miami Dolphins draft pick would not be truth.


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