Spring Wrap: Quarterbacks

Spartan Digest takes one final look at the spring of 2013 and who stood out, who's a step behind, and who'll fill out the depth chart when the season opens. We start with the most talked about position on the field, quarterback.

The all important piece to the success of Michigan State's football team in 2013 will be the play at quarterback position. With three players fighting it out in the spring, we look at why this battle is really only a two player race.

TWO PLAYER RACE

Just like the depth chart list Andrew Maxwell as the starter and Connor Cook the backup we don't see things changing when the Spartans report for camp.

Maxwell was solid but not great during the spring and did just enough to keep Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl hero Connor Cook a step behind him. The senior quarterback fully understands the Spartans system and I cannot stress enough how important this part of the game is when Mark Dantonio and his staff pencil names down on the depth chart.

While Maxwell will get the early nod he fully understands Cook is right on his heels and is pushing to grab the starting position away with hopes of holding onto it for the rest of his career.

No. THREE UNCERTAIN

Tyler O'Connor's first real opportunity to play at the college level was neither good nor bad. He's young and still developing his game as was shown during the spring game with his big turnover for a touchdown.

O'Connor may be the odd man out when all is said and done as the Spartans are doing a solid job recruiting high level quarterbacks. He'll have the advantage of being listed third on the depth-chart when camp opens but could find it a hard road to the top spot going forward.

GOING FORWARD

The Spartans will not have much of an option if Maxwell struggles and will be forced to sit the senior and go with Cook. Too much will be riding on the season early and a clear starter needs to emerge before Big Ten play begins.

Incoming quarterback Damion Terry will not be ready to push for any significant playing time early and the Spartans shouldn't look to waste a year on him being a back-up. However, we would not be surprised if the highly touted signal caller makes a road trip or two just to see what is in front of him as he'll be given a clear shot to wrestle away the starting position in 2014.

BEYOND 2013

The Spartans pulled in four-star quarterback Chris Durkin early in the 2014 recruiting class and could also be in the market for another quarterback if the right one is available. Durkin is a good enough athlete to play a different position if he finds the road to the starting quarterback spot out of his reach.

The future finally looks bright with Cook, O'Connor and Terry all in the mix for the spring of 2014 as the Spartans are still feeling the loss of Joe Boisture from the 2010 recruiting class. But as we've seen before, injuries do happen and can provide opportunities for those who stay healthy.


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